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Continued: Minnesota FoodShare leads state's largest food drive this month

  • Article by: LEE SVITAK DEAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 28, 2014 - 11:54 AM

When you’re talking about food, you can’t escape the numbers: 10 percent of Minnesotans don’t know where their next meal will come from. A third of those are children. “The need is greater than ever, even though we keep hearing that the economy has improved and employment is going up,” said Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare. “We still see individuals coming in who can’t make it month to month. The need is still there.”

While monetary donations are always welcome — and in many ways more efficient for food shelves — buying food for others resonates in a way that writing a check does not.

“We feel that purchasing food makes you feel more connected, and isn’t that what we ought to do, feel more connected?” said Bauer.

“And it’s a good lesson for kids.”

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