Maple Grove city food drive challenge for CROSS succeeds

When employees of the city of Maple Grove promote a food drive challenge, the real winners are people in need of assistance in providing food for themselves and their families.

For two weeks starting April 10, employees at the Maple Grove Government Center, the Police Department, the Community Center, Public Works, and five fire stations competed to donate the highest amount of food for CROSS Services. At the end of the week, the total amount donated reached 2,222 pounds.

“Thank you for your hard work in making this drive successful,” said Stephanie Lehman, Volunteer and Community Outreach Director for CROSS, praising Denise Leishman and the other city employees. “You donated enough food to provide 1,852 meals to families. Pat yourselves on the back — that’s amazing!”

Employees in the police department, public works, each floor of the government center, and the community center competed for the highest donations, and the five fire stations each competed against each other. The most donations came from the two floors of the government center, with the second floor coming out one pound ahead, and Fire Station 2 with the winning amount.

“CROSS is only able to reach our goals when people and organizations in the communities we serve contribute with efforts like this,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director of CROSS. “We are always impressed with the extra work that leads to successes like the challenge at the city of Maple Grove. And the city has supported CROSS in many and various ways for over 40 years. Thank you.”

CROSS’s facility in Rogers is open to clients on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings, and there are five mobile food shelf programs in surrounding communities. More information about donating, services, programs, fundraisers, and volunteering is available at or by calling 763-425-1050. CROSS serves Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers. In addition to the food shelf, CROSS provides housing assistance; clothing; support for children’s school, birthday and holiday needs; Meals on Wheels and more for individuals and families in need. All donations are tax-deductible.