CROSS, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless host 7th Annual July Food Shelf Challenge Grant

The local CROSS Services and Minnesota’s Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Seventh Annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will proportionally 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 2016, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,200,000 with this grant and hope to raise even more this year.
Minnesota summers were made for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmers market outings, not food shelf visits. But that is the reality for thousands of Minnesotans. Children are home from school and the family budget is tight. CROSS helps provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to these families and needs your help this summer. Donations given in July will be proportionally matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless to help end hunger in the north suburban communities served by CROSS.
Donations of food, clothing, and other items may be made Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings at CROSS headquarters at 12915 Weinand Circle in Rogers. Cash donations may be sent to that address, or donate through the website at www.CROSSservices.org. For more information, call 763-425-1050.
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 to Minnesota food shelves every year.
Food shelves in Minnesota help individuals, families, and seniors get the nutritious food they need but cannot afford to purchase on their own. As one client recently stated, “You saved my life; I can’t tell you what that means to me and my family.”
Summer is especially stressful for both families with children and the food shelves that serve them. In 2016, children made 317,101 visits to food shelves in the summer months. When kids are home for the summer, they are missing out on school meals and food shelves help fill that gap.
CROSS distributed over 950,000 pounds of food during 13,000 family visits to CROSS in 2016. “We never know when we might be in a position to have to ask for help, and CROSS is proud to be able to be there when people need us,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director of CROSS. “Our staff, volunteers, board of directors and everyone involved with CROSS is pleased to be a part of the effort.”
More information about donating, service programs, fundraisers, and volunteering is available at www.CROSSservices.org, by calling 763-425-1050, or on Facebook. 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.