Join Open Your Heart and Hunger Solutions in restocking Minnesota food shelves this summer.
The Open Your Heart Summer Challenge aims to boost donations to food shelves throughout Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. In partnership with Hunger Solutions, Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year.
This July will mark the tenth anniversary of the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge. Participating food shelves receive a proportionally match of the donations they receive in July, up to $4,000. The more funds a food shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart will be. In 2018, 130 food shelves throughout Minnesota received funds through this grant. Those grantees were then able to leverage this challenge to collectively raise over $1.5 million and received their portion of the $90,000 Open Your Heart Challenge grant. The hope is to exceed that goal this summer.
Minnesota summers are best known for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmers market outings. Not food shelf visits. Unfortunately, that is the reality for thousands of Minnesotans. In fact, the rates at which Minnesotans visit food shelves continue to rise, reaching over 3 million visits each year.
In addition to each food shelf’s fundraising, Open Your Heart and Hunger Solutions have a goal of raising an additional $10,000 by the end of July. Every dollar donated will go directly towards supporting Minnesota food shelves serving those in need.
Please consider donating to the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge and help our Minnesota food shelves meet the increased need in their food budgets.
About Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless
Since 1986, Open Your Heart has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. When initially formed, food shelves primarily stocked non-perishable items like canned foods and soups, and packaged items like boxed cereals. Rarely were fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products available on a regular basis. Understanding that those who benefit from food shelves, primarily children, need more fresh produce and other nutritious food, Open Your Heart focuses on investing in infrastructure to allow food shelves throughout the state to regularly stock and distribute fresh and frozen foods. www.oyh.org
About Hunger Solutions
Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger in our state. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting programs and agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. Hunger Solutions connects food shelves with funding and technical assistance to support the 9,000 daily food shelf visits. For more information, visit hungersolutions.org or follow @hungersolutions on Twitter.