OPEN  YOUR  HEART

Challenge Yourself to End Hunger
 
Accept the 2017 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and The Pipestone County Food Shelf this July.
 
You can make a difference for hungry families in our community.
 
Minnesota summers were made for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmers market outings, not food shelf visits. But that’s the reality for thousands of Minnesotans. Children are home from school and the family budget is tight. The Pipestone County Food Shelf helps provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to these families and needs your help this summer.
We see an increase in child visits during the summer. When school is out for summer vacation, many children miss out on free school meals and their families turn to us for support.
Make a bigger impact on hunger in our community this July
 
Every day, Minnesotans make over 9,000 visits to food shelves statewide – that is six visits to a food shelf every minute. Last July, the Pipestone County Food Shelf had 171 household visitors.
 
You can make a difference this year by donating throughout the month of July. The more you donate, the larger our food shelf’s grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. The challenge funds will proportionally match your donation. Your financial donation will go further due to our buying power. We can purchase food from our food bank for pennies on the pound.
 
Thank you Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
 
Since 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products to food shelves every year. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless also provides grants for food shelves and food banks to get the equipment they need—like freezers, shelving and trucks—to be able to serve the growing number of Minnesotans who can’t afford enough food for their families.
 
Hunger Solutions Minnesota is the statewide organization that coordinates this challenge grant opportunity. Hunger Solutions works to end hunger via the Minnesota Food HelpLine and by advancing fair public nutrition policies on behalf of hungry Minnesotans. Hunger Solutions also connects Minnesota’s food shelves with funding and technical assistance to support the 9,000 daily food shelf visits.

                     HISTORY

The Pipestone County Food Shelf has been serving the residents of Pipestone county since 1982.  It was incorporated in November, 2005, with fifteen area churches on the original charter.  In September, 2006, the food shelf received a ruling from the IRS establishing it as 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

Due to the growing need and increased variety of products available, the Board of Directors established a building committee in April, 2012, to locate a larger facility.  In September, 2012, the food shelf moved to its current location at 223 2nd Street NW, in Pipestone.  This move tripled our available space.

Thanks to the generous support from its member churches, individuals, businesses, schools, community associations, and grants during 2015:
          o   181 families were served each month, on average
          o   7382 individuals were served
               This is a 11% increase over 2014
          o   164,468 pounds of food were distributed
               (126,514 meals)
 

Who May Use The Food Shelf?

Residents of Pipestone County.  Individals do not need to be on county assistance programs to use the food shelf.

          Distribution Method

Beginning in September, 2012, the Food Shelf changed it's method of food distribution from a version of "pre-packed" to "Client Choice".

Accompanied by a Food Shelf volunteer, client's are able to choose the items they require --based on the size of their household -- from the various categories offered.