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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Community helps to fight hunger in SE

  • The nationwide cuts are the expiration of a temporary boost to food stamps from the 2009 economic stimulus package.
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  • The nationwide cuts are the expiration of a temporary boost to food stamps from the 2009 economic stimulus package.
     
    “I suspect in the next several months we will see an increase in usage at the food shelf due to the new healthcare plan and food stamp reductions,” Rose added.
     
    In 2013, the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf served 496 households totaling 2,071 individuals. In 2013, the food shelf gave away 31,505 pounds of food.
     
    Rose noted that those served in 2013, were strictly individuals and families in Sleepy Eye only.
     
    “Seeing those numbers makes me so thankful that we are here to serve those individuals,” Rose added.
     
    In addition to the community working to end hunger, the 2013 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train also collects food on its three-week journey of two brightly-decorated freight trains to over 150 communities. This year the holiday train collected more than $2 million and 300,000 pounds of food.
     
    “This was a record year for the Holiday Train and Canadian Pacific congratulates all those who rallied together in supporting communities in their fight against hunger,” said E. Hunter Harrison, CP’s chief executive officer.
     
    As part of what was raised during this year’s Holiday Train, the Breakfast Club of Canada and Feeding America each received $250,000 from CP in support of their national programs.

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