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Together we can help feed 200,000 Minnesota children in danger of starving, by donating food to your local or county food shelf. Summer break for children is underway and many of them will go hungry because they do not have access to free and reduced breakfast & lunch programs they had during the school year. You can help feed these children by donating non perishable food to your nearest food shelf. Thank you In advance for taking action.
The Economics Of Hunger:
Poverty level for a family of four is defined as $23,050 annually, compared to the average annual wage in Minnesota of $57,243
The fasting growing group of food shelf clients are the working poor: for example 49% of households served by some rural food shelves include at least one employed adult. If food stamp usage in Minnesota were 100% of those eligible, the additional revenue to Minnesota from the federal government would total almost $104 million annually.
According to the most recent survey on hunger and homelessness conducted by the Conference of Mayors, 34 percent of adults requesting emergency food assistance were employed. In addition, 13 of the 27 cities surveyed cited low-paying jobs as an influencing factor towards hunger in their area.
Food Insecurity - Food insecurity is described as "A condition, in which people lack basic food intake to provide them with the energy and nutrients for fully productive lives."
In Minnesota, 380,000 people (7.1%) are food insecure, hungry or at risk of hunger.
There were over 1.7 million visits to Minnesota food shelves in 2005.
A quarter of a million Minnesotans use food stamps, but only 69% of those eligible (based on poverty level) took advantage of the program.
According to Hunger in America, a comprehensive national study of people served by hunger relief agencies, local program participants reported having to choose between food and other necessities:
43% reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
44% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
34% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
Some Of The Most Requested Items:
Meats, Fish and Protein, canned tuna, ham or chicken, beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned/dried beans
Fruits and Vegetables, 100% fruit juice, canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes, fruit preserves
Complete Meals such as pasta & sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
Grains such as cereal, rice, Hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, soap, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothpaste
Cooking Basics such as flour, sugar, and cooking oil
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