Minnesota FoodShare 2013

MarchFoodShareLogoGreenEach March, Mississippi Market takes part in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, a program of the Greater Minnesota Council of Churches.

For each reusable bag that shoppers use at our stores they can choose to donate 5 cents toward the MN FoodShare through our EcoStamp program. Anyone can also round-up their purchases or donate a dollar amount at the registers.

In 2013 we raised 25,585.33 dollars/pounds for our neighborhood food shelves!

Minnesota food co-ops together collected 100,271 dollars/pounds for our food shelves statewide!

Our partnership with food shelves offers them the opportunity to use their donation money to order fresh, organic, local and special foods from us at wholesale costs. By using these funds to purchase from local distributors and farmers, like J & J Produce and Co-op Partners Warehouse, our donations have a multiplying effect both on hunger in Minnesota and on the local food economy.

Beneficiary food Shelves:

Keystone Community Services

SPACC- Department of Indian Work

Neighborhood House

Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf

We all know that hunger in our communities doesn’t end when the March Campaign is over. We accept non-perishable food and toiletry donations year round, benefiting the Hallie Q. Brown Center’s food shelf. Our Foodshelf Shopping List can give you an idea of which items food shelves are most commonly in need of.

Last Year

In March 2012, we surpassed our goal of 22,000 dollars/pound of food for our neighborhood food shelves! A huge thank you to everyone who donated – with your help we raised 22,580 dollars/pounds of food.

Other Twin Cities area food co-ops took part in this effort as well and together we raised a combined total of 91,422 dollars/pounds of food for our neighborhood food shelves. This is over 4,000 dollars/pounds more than last year! Because of this joint effort, the Twin Cities area food co-ops were the 3rd most successful corporate campaign in the state for the 3rd year in a row, with Medtronic & General Mills claiming the first & second spot.

Participating co-ops included Eastside Co-op, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Mississippi Market, Seward Co-op, The Wedge, Valley Natural Foods, Linden Hills Co-op, Just Food Co-op, Saint Peter Food Co-op, and River Market.