Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups to run local fund and food drives to aid in the effort.
Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes these donations to Minnesota food shelves participating in the March campaign. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry families with state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota.
GardenShare, a project of Minnesota FoodShare, cultivates connections between gardeners, food shelves and neighbors-in-need by encouraging gardeners to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to food shelves or by offering gardening plots to those without green space.
Plant:Contact MFS to learn more about GardenShare and request support. Minnesota FoodShare has an experienced gardener on staff to facilitate meetings, help with the planning stages of your garden and to direct you to gardening resources.
Sustain: Identify an individual or a team of individuals that will lead your gardening project.
Connect: Contact your local food shelf to shape your GardenShare to meet the healthy needs of your community.
No space to plant? You can still be a part of GardenShare during the growing season by organizing a weekly harvest collection to be delivered to your local food shelf. Congregation members bring extra produce from their home gardens to a weekend worship service. Produce is collected, then dropped off at a local food shelf the following Monday. Groups at businesses or organizations can follow the same concept.
Please join the community of Minnesotans fighting for food justice. Contact Courtney Zaato at 612-276-1556 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your place of worship, organization or company can start a community garden today, participate in GardenShare in other ways or be connected to your local food shelf. Be the hero. Fight hunger.