Readers’ Views

Food shelf thankful

To the Editor:

Heaven’s Table Food Shelf humbly and gratefully acknowledges the tremendous support shown during March Minnesota FoodShare month. We truly appreciate the contributions of individuals, church and civic groups, schools, businesses and other organizations as part of this special annual campaign to help restock food shelves statewide. More than $112,000 in monetary donations and 8,985 pounds in food donations were received by Heaven’s Table Food Shelf — the result of some creative strategies and some generous folks.

Your contributions help feed more hungry people in Martin County at our Fairmont and Sherburn locations through direct distributions, as part of the Backpack Program in the public schools, and NAPS (Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors).

These accomplishments also take dozens of volunteers each week and countless hours behind the scenes sorting food donations; picking up rescue food; packing bags for the Backpack Program; maintaining a client database; keeping our facilities clean and accessible; listening to the stories of those we serve; and planning for future needs.

Some people are also including Heaven’s Table Food Shelf in their estate plan.

As we mark our 6th anniversary, we want to say “thank you” to those in our communities and beyond who continue their generous support of our mission. For more information or to volunteer, please call (507) 238-5424 or email heavenstable@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook.

Sue Redman

on behalf of Heaven’s Table

Food Shelf board of directors

Fairmont

Help Stamp Out hunger

To the Editor:

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 12. Please help us again this year by leaving your bagged non-perishable food items out on Saturday morning, May 12. Letter carriers and volunteers will stop and pick them up to take to our local food shelf. All donations stay local for those in need from our area.

Last year, the drive collected more than 72 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. In the past 25 years, the drive has collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food.

The need is still great as currently 49 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children and over 5 million are seniors. This effects children’s overall health and ability to perform well at school.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted. Your participation will help fill our local food shelf.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. All of us at the post office greatly appreciate your help.

Daryl Dobie,

letter carrier

Fairmont

Grant appreciated

To the Editor:

On behalf of Rural Advantage and our community partners, I would like to thank the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Waseca, for a $2,000 contribution from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant toward the Fairmont Market Square event held at Heritage Acres.

The support we received from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council was integral to the success of our events. Being able to feature local talent provides exposure for the artists and was appreciated by our attendees. Being able to secure funding from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council was important to our overall programming.

Linda Meschke,

Rural Advantage

Fairmont

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