Tricounty News

Food Shelf need increasing

I checked the figures one more time. Could it be possible that our numbers have doubled in the last four years and tripled in the last seven? But the numbers mirror what my volunteers and I experience as each year your local food shelf serves a growing number of individuals and families.

The Kimball Area Food Shelf, located at the Church of St. Anne and volunteer-staffed by area churches, is vitally important to your community and neighbors. In 2011, your local food shelf served 660 families, an average of 55 families a month. This is up from 218 families in 2007, which is prior to the economic downturn many of our neighbors experienced firsthand.

As a result of the increased use, your support of this year's annual food drive is critical as we keep our shelves stocked with a variety of nutritious food and supplies. And, with last year's expansion, the food shelf has more space to serve our customers and to keep more items on hand.

Serving low-income families and those in need in your home community is where your support matters the most. Whether your neighbors visit once a month or once a year, your local food shelf is a safety net that is worthy of your support. I am writing to ask for your gift to the food shelf today and to thank you for your generosity.

Your tax deductible contribution is a gift and an investment in your community. Checks can be made payable to: Kimball Area Food Shelf Inc., P.O. Box 99, Kimball, Minn. 55353. If you or your organization would like to learn more about this year's annual food drive, contact me at (320) 398-2211.

Mary Mathies, Coordinator,

Kimball Area Food Shelf