“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.” Semcac’s Rushford, Kasson, Preston and Caledonia Food Shelves served 921 households with 5,199 visits and distributed 328,433 pounds of food during 2021. 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., Tuesday or Thursday, or call the local site for staff hours. 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! Semcac Food Shelves mailing and location addresses in our area are:
• Preston Food Shelf, Laura Grebin, 515 Washington St NW, PO Box 5, Preston, Minn. 55965; (507) 765-2761.
• Caledonia Food Shelf, Kris Olson, 138 E Main, Caledonia, Minn. 55921; (507) 725-3677.
• Rushford Food Shelf, Andrea Andresen, 113 E Jessie St, PO Box 549, Rushford, Minn. 55971; (507) 864-8224.