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Minnesota FoodShare drive sends money to 286 state food shelves

Minnesota Foodshare says it’s sending $900,000 this week to food shelves around the state.

Minnesota FoodShare says it’s sending $900,000 this week to 286 food shelves around the state.

The money comes from contributions made to the organization’s annual food and fund drive held in March.

They say the donations to the food shelves range from $125 to more than $36,000.

Said Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, director of Minnesota FoodShare:

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“Back in March, thousands of caring people pulled together to help restock food shelves in the urban cores and every corner of our state with food items. Likewise, the generosity of thousands contributing to our fund drive will help food shelves continue to serve as an important lifeline for our neighbors struggling to make ends meet.”

The organization says summer is a tough time for food shelves, because many families that get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year run short of food during the summer. Busy schedules and vacations also cause a summer-time drop in donations.

Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.