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Hastings Family Service is part of food shelf challenge grant program

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A food shelf challenge grant of $150,000 will be distributed between area food shelves proportional to the funds they raised during the month of July. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will match up to $5,000 for all gifts given in July. Last year, this challenge grant generated a match of $3,641 for the HFS Food Shelf. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has more than 25 years of experience as the only grant provider in Minnesota focused solely on alleviating hunger and homelessness. This is the fourth annual Open Your Heart Food Shelf Challenge Grant and the total grant available increased this year from $100,000 to $150,000. The Challenge Grant is a statewide initiative to bring additional dollars to food shelves during a traditionally slow time of year and to increase awareness of child hunger during the summer.

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One in five children in Minnesota faces hunger or food insecurity, and 45 percent of those using the HFS food shelf are children. "Your gift in July will have an even greater impact," said Amy Sutton, HFS Resource Development Director. "If you spend $10 in a grocery store, you can buy about three pounds of hamburger. But when $10 is given to Hastings Family Service, we can purchase food from Second Harvest Heartland at 12 cents a pound. So picture 83 pounds of hamburger and then imagine what HFS could do with an extra $5,000 to feed hungry families!"

All monetary donations received by Hastings Family Service July 1 to 31 are eligible for the proportionate match. Donations to HFS can be mailed or dropped off at the HFS Donation Center at 301 Second St. E. or given online at www.hastingsfamilyservice.org.

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