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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Area’s largest food shelf ranks #2 in state in March donations
Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf collected more than $160,000 and 210,000 pounds of food during the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign to help battle hunger in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, Waite Park and Sartell. That landed them in the number two spot statewide.
Each year, Minnesota FoodShare, a project of the Minneapolis Council of Churches, challenges all Minnesota food shelves to gather as much food and funds as possible locally. The group then gathers funds from large Minnesota corporations such as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CenterPoint Energy and Target. The funds are distributed to local food shelves based on their total local donations. Catholic Charities collected the second-largest amount statewide, second only to Rochester’s Channel One.
While the food will last for about two to three months, the dollars will last much longer. “With the buying power offered to us by the Second Harvest Food Bank, and other local partners, we are able to stretch donated dollars from $1 to $4 of $9 worth of groceries,” said Kathryn Stolpman, manager of Catholic Charities Emergency Services. “We are so grateful to the community for all of their help in March, and throughout the year.”
Catholic Charities food shelf will soon be entering its busiest months, July and August. “About 40% of the people we serve are children,” said Stolpman. “When kids aren’t in school to receive free or reduced price lunches, family’s budgets are stretched.”
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud serves people across the heart of our state. We are a nonprofit organization supported by generous individuals, foundations, faith communities and corporations.