Jayme is raising money for MEEKER COUNTY EMERGENCY FOOD SHELF.
Help end hunger in your community!
Our Mission: The Meeker Area Food Shelf is a non-profit venture of churches, businesses, community and service agencies to distribute food to those in need.
The Meeker Area Food Shelf provides a 3-5 day supply of food to our community members facing food insecurity. Did you know that 1 in 10 Minnesota households are affected by hunger? (2harvest.org)
The Food Shelf has had an exciting year. This year we have implanted the “Client Choice” model in which clients are encouraged to select the foods that they want and need, similar to grocery store shopping, while staying within our guidelines. We acknowledge that no two families are alike. By encouraging clients to choose the food they are receiving for their families, there is less waste, clients feel more dignified and they do not need to disclose medical issues that affect their diet. It also promotes critical thinking, budgeting and nutrition knowledge. We also see a lot more interaction between clients in discussing healthier foods and the ways their families utilize food items and how they prepare meals.
This year, we have also taken a special interest in nutrition. We make sure our clients have a variety of healthy options to choose from as well as have the opportunity to receive recipes and nutritional information on foods at the food shelf.
This year, we are seeing an increase in the number of people needing our services. We serve between 400-550 individuals each month! We have already served about 20,000 more meals this year, that we did in all of 2016. We are blessed and proud that people in our community know about our services and feel comfortable with our staff and volunteers to ask for help when they need it, but now we are asking for your help. We wouldn't be able to support our community members in need without the help of our community!
This year due to our increase in client usage, monetary donations are very important to our food shelf. They allow us to purchase food at a much lower rate through our food bank, allowing us to get more food per dollar than at a grocery store. Please see our "Suggested Giving Amounts" area to take a look inside our pocketbook.