Perhaps you've been wondering what the Bemidji Community Food Shelf was up to in the past year. Well, here is my Director's Report for 2017. It was a very eventful year for BCFS. • In February, we elected a new president — Jim Fretheim — and said goodbye to Bill Beyer • We reached the 10,000-pound milestone for the Lueken's Community Meat Program • We exceeded our goal of $110,000 for the 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, and took in 31,233.00 pounds of food
Recently, I was visiting with a friend about the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. He remarked that the food shelf just quietly goes about its business every day, though its impacts are huge. Because we do go about our business rather quietly, many people in the Bemidji area are unaware of the food shelf and the impact it has, and possibly even the need for such an organization. But hundreds of others are not only aware of the food shelf, they are willing to give of their time to make it a success.
It's March and there are lots of things to get excited about: the sun is warmer, some summer birds are beginning to make an appearance and Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is here. This month-long campaign is critical for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and other food shelves across the state. Donations received during March enable food shelves to keep their doors open through the slow summer months when donations are typically low.