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HFS to receive proportional match for July donations

Hastings Family Service will participate in the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge in the month of July to receive a proportional match based on the amount raised.

The Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will provide the OYH Summer Challenge to help Minnesota food shelves boost their donations at a time that they need it most. Schools play a big role in feeding hungry kids during the school year, but when school is out in the summer many kids go without.

"Summer is one of the busiest times in the food shelf because families with children must provide more meals at home and often have increased child care expenses as well," said Amy Sutton, associate director at Hastings Family Service.

Children make up 45 percent of the hungry who visit at Hastings Family Service. According to Open Your Heart, food shelves serve over 3,400 children every day in Minnesota and one in five families with children in the Twin Cities face hunger or food insecurity every day.

Sutton said that the OYH Summer Challenge is a partnership that helps keep the HFS food shelf stocked with nutritious, fresh foods for families. Last year, HFS received a proportional match of $4,500.

"The OYH Summer Challenge makes a big difference in our ability to provide families with the help they need," Sutton said.

Every dollar donated to HFS through July 31 will count toward the proportional match. To make a donation or to learn more about the gift matching opportunity, visit www.hastingsfamilyservice.org.

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