Throughout the month of March, 15 food co-ops from around Minnesota joined together to raise funds for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Each year, Mississippi Market participates in the campaign, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that provides food, funds, and educational materials to over 300 food shelves across the state. The March Campaign is the largest food and fund drive in the state and has been operating annually since 1983.
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign served as our March Positive Change recipient. Proceeds raised at Mississippi Market were donated to five local food shelves to help increase food access in the communities we serve. These organizations included Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Keystone Community Services, Department of Indian Work, Neighborhood House, and Merrick Community Services. This year, Mississippi Market had a goal of raising a combined 19,000 dollars/pounds. With your generosity, we not only met but exceeded our goal, raising a total of 19,968 dollars/pounds! This included $16,773 and 3,195 pounds of food.
Last year, participating food co-ops raised a combined total of 109,371 dollars/pounds of food. This year, 15 food co-ops had a collective goal of raising 116,850 dollars/pounds. We far exceeded this amount with a collective total of 125,464 dollars/pounds – $116,379 in cash and 9,085 pounds of food! Your support continually impacts our community for the better and aids in the ongoing fight against hunger. Thank you to everyone who donated bag credits, rounded up at the register, and donated to the food drive.