Bemidji Community Food Shelf to participate in annual Give to the Max Day

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf will participate in the 14th annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, Nov. 17.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Community Food Shelf will participate in the 14th annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Give to the Max is a statewide giving event that raises millions each year for more than 6,000 causes across Minnesota and beyond. Considered Minnesota’s holiday for generosity, donors have given more than nearly $255 million since the inaugural Give to the Max Day in 2009, a release said.

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf works with partners to be inclusive and provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami Country and Bemidji School District.

“For each dollar that is donated, we are able to turn that into $4 worth of food through our food bank. By donating during Give to the Max, your donation will go even further to helping those who need your help today,” Michael Olson, executive director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, said in the release.

“Last year was the biggest Give to the Max Day yet, as donors came together to give $34 million to nearly 6,500 nonprofits and schools across Minnesota,” said Jake Blumberg, executive director of GiveMN, the nonprofit that hosts Give to the Max. “Minnesotans have shown their generosity during the last two tough years, and like all of us, organizations are feeling the effects of global inflation as they work to improve the lives of our neighbors. We ask donors to be as generous as they can again this year.”


To participate in Give to the Max, donors may visit and search for the causes they care about most by name, keyword, ZIP code, and more.

Give to the Max’s “Early Giving” period began Nov. 1 and continues through Give to the Max Day on Nov. 17, with random drawings throughout for more than $100,000 in prize grants for Minnesota organizations.

Additionally, each donation through qualifies Bemidji Community Food Shelf for additional grants from the Give to the Max Day prize pool, thanks to the Bush Foundation.

GiveMN will award:

  • $500 Early Giving Golden Tickets daily on Nov. 1-16.
  • $500 Golden Ticket prizes every 15 minutes on Nov. 17.
  • $1,000 Hourly Golden Ticket prizes hourly on Nov. 17.
  • $6,000 Power Hour Prizes, shared among the top three organizations based on the amount raised between 10 and 10:59 a.m. and 10 and 10:59 p.m.
  • The grand prize of Give to the Max Day, a $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket.
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