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Annual Food Share campaign benefits Bemidji Community Food Shelf throughout March

Donations will be accepted throughout the month for the annual March Food Share fundraising event, which benefits the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

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BEMIDJI — Donations will be accepted throughout the month for the annual March Food Share fundraising event, which benefits the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

This annual event, sponsored by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, helps to raise funds for the state’s 746 food shelves during the month of March by offering a partial match for all funds donated during the campaign, a release said.

The drive, which wraps up April 9, is an important one for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf according to Executive Director Michael Olson.

“Donations received in March help us get through the summer months and into the fall, which have been traditionally low donation months," Olson said. "It's even more important this year given the significant, 45% increase in people seeking food support."

According to Feeding America, more than 34 million people, including 9 million children experience food insecurity in the United States, and 11.6% of people in the U.S. experience poverty. In Minnesota, 338,000 people are facing hunger, 121,140 of which are children.

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GMCC’s Minnesota FoodShare began its work in 1982 as a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the seven-county Twin Cities Metro area. The effort was so successful, and the need so evident, March Campaign became a statewide initiative just one year later and is now in its 42nd year, the release said.

Donations can be made either by sending a check to 1260 Exchange Ave., Bemidji, MN, 56601 or by visiting bcfsmn.org and making a secure online donation there.

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