Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf (SHEAF) and Boy Scouts sponsoring annual food drive March 23

The Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf, along with the Sleepy Eye Area Boy Scouts, are sponsoring an annual food collection drive.

The Boy Scouts will be placing plastic collection bags on door handles of every resident in Sleepy Eye on Saturday, March 16. The following weekend, March 23, the Boy Scouts will collect the bags left on door steps in the morning.

Nonperishable items are needed for the food shelf. Items needed include canned juices, vegetables, fruits, beans, sauces, soups and meat, boxed cereals, main and side dish dried meals, baking mixes, macaroni noodles, vegetable oil, sugar, flour, coffee, peanut butter, toilet tissue, soaps and disposable diapers.

Monetary donations given to SHEAF are used to buy discounted products and programs through Second Harvest Food Bank of Minnesota.

In 2011, SHEAF distributed 52,000 pounds of food. In 2012, once reopened after a flood, SHEAF distributed 10,000 pounds of food.

It is a little known fact that up to a quarter of our local population faces a food shortage at some time during the year.

The problem with hunger is that it is a silent burden. In the land of plenty, Minnesotans have a proud tradition of making sure that our neighbors have enough to eat, and that their children do not go to bed hungry.

The food shelf is located in the basement level of the police station at 130 2nd Ave., NW. It is open Mondays from 4-6 p.m. or until all have been served.

For special needs, contact Josie at 794-7130 or Betty at 794-6472. If there is an emergency, no one will be turned away.