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Pack the Porches raises more than 7,000 lbs, $13,000 +

Pack the Porches raises more than 7,000 lbs, $13,000 + 10,000 lbs from Coborn’s
March, Minnesota FoodShare Month isn’t over yet
Staff at Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf are thrilled with the results of Friday morning’s Pack the Porches Food Drive that was hosted by Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre, St. Cloud Hyundai and HealthPartners Clinics
More than 7,000 pounds of food were collected and more than $13,000 was raised.
“We are thrilled with the results,” said Steve Pareja, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “With the buying power offered to us by our purchasing partners, we will be able to purchase between $50,000 and $100,000 worth of groceries with the money collected today. The food collected will provide a variety of foods for our clients to choose from. This really fulfills our mission of treating all with dignity and respect.”
In addition to the food and funds collected, Coborn’s will be delivering on their pledge to match donations with 10,000 pounds of food.
 While Pack the Porch is over, March, Minnesota FoodShare Month actually continues through April 2.
Donations to Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf can be made online at www.ccstcloud.org or by dropping off food or funds at Catholic Charities Emergency Services, 157 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. Donations are accepted from 8-4:30, Monday through Friday, and 8 – 6 on Wednesdays.

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month, a time when the donations you make to Minnesota food shelves pack an even more powerful punch than usual in the fight against hunger.

The month of March has typically been a rather lean one for Minnesota food shelves. So, Minnesota FoodShare, an interfaith collaboration fighting hunger, created Minnesota FoodShare Month. The group gathers donations from corporations to use as incentive funds for Minnesota food shelves. The more food and donations collected at local events like Pack the Porch, the more incentive funds we receive, resulting in more food for hungry families.

Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf serves the communities of St. Cloud, St. Augusta, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and Sartell.