“Food insecurity means access to adequate food is inconsistent and limited by a lack of money and other resources throughout the year. Food insecure households report their diets to be of reduced quality, variety, or desirability and/or experience disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.” In 2020, 9% of Minnesotans had incomes below poverty level ($25,926 for a family of four). This included 11% of Minnesota’s children. Semcac’s Rushford, Preston and Caledonia Food Shelves served 724 households with 3,719 visits and distributed 202,600 pounds of food during 2020. Clients may also receive information and referrals to other community services.
Minnesota FoodShare envisions a Minnesota where all residents have access to healthy food and no one struggles with food insecurity. The March Campaign addresses these issues directly by promoting the collection of food and funds to stock food shelves across the state. As an official participant, Semcac’s food shelves will receive a percentage of March FoodShare funds based on donations raised during the campaign and the number of people served in a year.
Semcac is asking service clubs, organizations, businesses, churches, and individuals for their support during March. Please bring donations of funds, food, and personal care items to your local food shelf from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays or Wednesdays. Due to the continued concerns with COVID-19, cash donations are preferred. Donations must be received on or before April 6 to count towards the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Thank you for being part of our efforts to bring food security to our community!
Caledonia Food Shelf, 138 E Main, Caledonia, Minn. 55921, (507) 725-3677.
Preston Food Shelf, 515 Washington St. NW, PO Box 5, Preston, Minn. 55965, (507) 765-2761.
Rushford Food Shelf, 113 E Jessie St., PO Box 549, Rushford, Minn. 55971, (507) 864-8224.