Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

1 in 9 people in Minnesota have limited or uncertain access to adequate food. You can make a difference during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign!

Our community is facing a hunger crisis. Rising food costs and inflation are drastically affecting families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors who have never needed to access charity food before. These are people who may have gotten by paycheck to paycheck and are now struggling to get the food they need to feed their families. More people than ever are turning to food shelves for support, and the truth is, food banks are strained to keep up with the increased need.

As the largest grassroots fundraiser in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together people, community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help nearly 300 food shelves statewide, including the Channel One Food Shelf.

We ask that you join us in this effort by donating or hosting a virtual food drive during the month of March.

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Here are the facts:

  • Channel One has seen a 70% increase in Food Shelf visits compared to this time last year (data comparing February 2024 to February 2023).
  • In 2023, a total of 7.5 million visits were recorded at Minnesota food shelves, compared to 5.5 million in 2022 and 3.5 million in 2021, according to Hunger Solutions.
  • One in seven people, including one in five children, in the U.S. live in food insecure households, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Economic Research Service 2022 report.
    • This is an increase of 31% and 44% respectively from the previous year, the highest rate and number of people and children since 2014.

As everyone tries to adapt to these challenging economic times, it is harder for some of our neighbors to put dinner on the table. Your caring partnership and compassion means they won’t go without the food they need. Right now, your help will be magnified as Minnesotans come together for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Let’s make a difference for our food-insecure neighbors this spring!

Contact Jessica Sund at jessicasund@channel-one.org or 507-424-1729 with any questions.