March food drive seeks local ‘heroes’

Volunteer Karen Hydukovich helps an Area Pantry client sign up to receive food items.

Mille Lacs County Times

“Be A Hero. Fight Hunger” is the theme of this year’s March Food Drive across the state of Minnesota.

Locally, the Milaca food shelf helped 705 different families from the Milaca, Bock, Pease, Foreston and rural areas during 2011. Among the families served are workers who have lost jobs, had hours cut back, or lost homes and are watching their family’s economic security slip away.

In the last couple years, donated non-perishable groceries from large corporate donors and government commodities have dwindled, while at the same time the need has increased. Thankfully, retail grocery rescue is helping to fill the gap, in addition to purchased items. In Milaca, generous donors allow the Food Pantry to keep distributing food to those who need help.

The March Campaign of Heroes includes: school fundraisers, church collections, donation containers at local businesses, events created by various organizations, and a mailing to community leaders. To finish off the drive, food shelf volunteers will host the Annual Benefit Breakfast March 25 at the Milaca American Legion.

•All donations made in March are partially matched by Minnesota FoodShare and the Feinstein Foundation.

•The Milaca Area Pantry is located downtown on the north end of the business block at 120 2nd Ave SW.

•The Pantry is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•Donations may be mailed to: PO Box 133, Milaca, MN 56353, or made electronically at (enter “Milaca Area Pantry”), or dropped off Thursdays at the Milaca Area Pantry.

Anyone wishing to learn more about this non-profit or arrange for a visit, call 320-982-3773.

For the full story, see the Thursday, March 1 print edition of the Times.