March Madness!! Minnesota FoodShare Boosts What CEAP Can Provide
It is a field of over 300 “teams” (and not just 68 like the annual men’s college basketball tournament) so it is truly “March Madness” for anyone in Minnesota helping hungry people get food. Each March Minnesota FoodShare, an effort spearheaded by the Greater Minneapolis Area Council of Churches, directs time, money, and spirit towards helping Minnesotans get much needed food. This campaign goes on throughout the month of March and bolsters food shelves throughout the state to do the work they do. CEAP manages a couple of those food shelves out of Brooklyn Center (Hennepin County) and Blaine (Anoka County). A vast array of groups and individuals throughout the state pledge their fundraising and food collection for the entire month of March to food shelves to help their neighbors get food.
For CEAP last year that amounted to 220,000 pounds of food collected to fill our shelves for the 5,000 people CEAP’s Family Services reach every month from our two locations. What this “March Madness” provides is the ability of those households to make ends meet and create greater opportunity to increase their self-sufficiency, no small victory.
Unlike the highly visible basketball tournament many of these food shelf “teams” provide this much needed assistance on a daily basis throughout the state year round on lean budgets and critical volunteerism in relative obscurity. Minnesota Food Share’s March Campaign helps bring attention to the challenge facing food insecure Minnesotans as well as food and money to those operations created to help them, and is essential to their survival. If you are interested in seeing how you can join in the madness go to CEAP’s website www.ceap.org.
Patrick Morley, Director of Family Services