Food is a privilege…SHARE it!

Oftentimes in the foodie world, it is forgotten that food is a privilege. Fresh produce, healthy choices and even water are mistakenly taken for granted.

March marks Minnesota’s FoodShare Campaign – a monthlong commitment to provide food, funds and educational materials to food shelves statewide. Headed by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, this year 15 food co-ops are joining the cause.

Locally, Just Food Co-op is holding a food drive for the entirety of March. Proceeds will go to the Northfield Food Shelf. The Co-op’s goal is $500 and 500 pounds. Image

Other participating co-ops include:

Eastside Food Co-op, Wedge Co-op, Seward Co-op and Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis, Mississippi Market Co-op in St. Paul, City Center Market in Cambridge, People’s Food Co-op in Rochester, St. Peter’s Food Co-op in St. Peter, Cook County Whole Foods Co-op in GrandMarais, Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater, Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville and Lakewinds Natural Foods in Chanhassen and Minnetonka.

The campaign is accepting both donations and monetary gifts. A list of preferred items below:

  • Hygiene products – shampoo, deodorant, soap, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothpaste
  • Baking Ingredients– flours, sugar, cooking oil
  • Meats, fish and protein – canned tuna, 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 – pasta & sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
  • Grains – cereal, rice, pasta
  • Cleaning supplies – laundry detergent, paper towels, kitchen and bathroom cleaners
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