2016 - a big year for the Monticello Help Center
With the help of the Monticello Community, 2016 was another fantastic year at the Monticello Help Center. Donations and food drives from so many area businesses, schools, organizations and churches helped to provide the food and funding needed for our programs. In addition, grants from the Wright County Area United Way, The Medica Foundation and the Monticello Lions continue to provide a vital portion of our funding. With the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers from this wonderful community, we are happy to report that we were able to serve 2,730 households with regular food shelf visits, 225 households with Thanksgiving baskets, and 2,024 students during our summer Kids Kitchen program. A grand total of 452,124 pounds of food was distributed in 2016 at the Help Center - what an amazing number to show how the Monticello Community takes care of people. In addition, we worked in collaboration with the Monticello School District backpack program for children. Together, we were able to distribute an additional 30,034 pounds of healthy weekend snacks and meals in 12,802 backpack bags to 424 children in the district from October to May.
Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
Minnesota FoodShare, a major program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC), began its work in 1982, with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The effort was so successful, and the need was so evident, that it became a statewide program just one year later.
Today, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various Minnesota organizations, businesses, and places of worship to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year. The March Campaign is the largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, having raised $8.2 million dollars and 5.2 million pounds of food in 2016, the most successful campaign in our 34 year history.
We envision a Minnesota where all residents have access to healthy food and no one suffers from hunger. The March Campaign addresses those issues directly, and we’d love to have you join the fight against hunger. By increasing awareness and advocating for long-term solutions to hunger in our communities, together we can meet the needs of those who need it most.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Update
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html .
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