Open your heart to the hungry

The Milaca Area Pantry has the opportunity to participate in the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Annual $100,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant.

The Milaca Food Shelf needs help to fill empty plates this summer; donations in July will generate grants to help end hunger in Milaca, Bock, Pease and Foreston.

The more funds the Milaca Food Shelf raises in July, means that its Open Your Heart grant will be larger. Minnesota food shelves raised more than $1 million last year with this grant and hope to outpace that this year.

Donations can be mailed to Milaca Area Pantry, PO Box 133, Milaca, MN 56353 or dropped off at the food shelf Thursdays. Or, simply visit and look up Milaca Area Pantry to make donations online.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless believes this approach to hunger alleviation is effective because it brings communities together to solve a growing concern across Minnesota. The $100,000 Challenge will power a statewide initiative that leverages Open Your Heart funding to bring additional dollars to food shelves and increase awareness of child hunger during the summer.

For 25 years, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. Open Your Heart funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products every year through Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 5 print edition of the Times.