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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Help fight hunger in SE with donations to the food shelf

  • Sleepy Eye residents have a proud tradition of making sure that our neighbors have enough to eat, and that their children do not go to bed hungry.
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  • Sleepy Eye residents have a proud tradition of making sure that our neighbors have enough to eat, and that their children do not go to bed hungry.
     
    In 2013, the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf served 496 households, 2,071 individuals who received 31,505 pounds of food. In June, 2014, the food shelf has served 79 families who received 5,371 pounds of food.
     
    “Our food shelf has seen more families than average and the need is great,” said Josephine Rose, director of the food shelf. She noted that those served at the food shelf are strictly individuals and families in Sleepy Eye only.
     
    To help kick hunger in Sleepy Eye, Dr. Murthy of Sleepy Eye Medical Center has donated $500 and encourages residents of Sleepy Eye to match his donation of food or money.
     
    This food drive campaign will run until the end of August.
     
    Nonperishable food items that are not expired or monetary donations are needed at the food shelf.
    Food items can 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 the food shelf are used to by discounted products and programs through Second Harvest Food Bank of Minnesota.
     
    Checks can be made out to Sleepy Eye Food Shelf and mailed to Lori Sellner at 420 3rd Ave NE in Sleepy Eye.
     
    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.
     
    The food shelf is located in the basement level of the police station at 130 2nd Ave NW. It is open Monday’s from 4-6 p.m. or until all have been served.
     
    For special needs, contact Rose at 794-7130. If there is a food emergency no one will be turned away. There are no eligibility requirements for the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf.
     

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