CROSS and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fifth Annual $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will match donations to CROSS during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds CROSS raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be.
In 2013, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,000,000 with this grant and hope to raise even more this year.
Donations to CROSS can be made by mail at the CROSS address: P.O. Box 574 12915 Weinand Circle, Rogers, MN 55374, or online at www.CROSSservices.org.
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 $150,000 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. Since 1986, 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.
Food Shelves Fill Empty Plates Every Summer
Minnesota food shelves help families obtain the groceries they cannot afford to purchase on their own. People served by food shelves report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities and other necessities.
Summer is especially stressful for both families with children and the food shelves that serve them. Every day, 3,500 Minnesota children are served by food shelves. For many kids, being home from school for the summer means they miss out on school meal programs as well. Food shelves help fill this gap. Through the food deliveries, food shelf, and outreach programs, CROSS provides food to over 250 families a week with the summer months seeing increasing demands on the amount of food needed for the families.
To find out more about CROSS food, housing, clothing, Meals on Wheels, and special programs for children and the elderly, visit the website www.CROSSservices.org, or contact us at 12915 Weinand Circle in Rogers, or call us for more information or to sign up for a tour at 763-425-1050.