Wright County Community Action (WCCA), and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless are hosting the seventh annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant, in which donations given in July will be proportionally matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless.
To donate, go to the website, http://wccaweb.com/donations-food-shelf, and click on the “Donate” button in the upper right-hand corner.
You can also mail a check to PO Box 787, Maple Lake, MN 55358.
Lastly, you can stop in the WCCA office, 130 West Division Street in Maple Lake, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the week.
WCCA’s county-wide food shelf helps provide nutritious food options to at-risk families.
In 2016, Minnesota food shelves raised more than $1,200,000 with this grant, and hopes to raise even more this year.
Summer food shelves
Minnesota summers were made for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmers market outings. Children are home from school and the family budget is tight.
Summer is especially stressful for families with children and the food shelves that serve them. When kids are home for the summer, they are missing out on school meals. Food shelves help fill that gap.
In 2016, children made 317,101 visits to food shelves in Minnesota during the summer months.
In June, the Wright County Food Shelf served 188 percent more families compared to June 2016. Above 5 percent of Wright County residents are living in poverty, many of whom are children.
Wright County Community Action recently developed new programs for those seeking hunger relief.
The Emergency Food Box Network recently rolled out to local community partners to provide food to those in emergency situations who can’t get to the food shelf.
In addition, WCCA Head Start centers launched a Backpack Food Program last fall, and this school year, the program is working to expand service to help support some of our local area schools.
In September, WCCA will also launch a Mobile Food Shelf for those in need who lack transportation or accessibility to other food shelf services.
In addition to food security efforts, WCCA offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to those seeking a way to improve their social, economic, and physical well-being.
For more information, go to www.wccaweb.com, or follow on Facebook or Twitter (@WCCAmn).
If interested in volunteer opportunities throughout the agency, contact Alivia at email@example.com.