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City-wide food fight collects over 20,000 pounds of food

The results are in for the Minnesota FoodShare March campaign with 20,543 pounds of food were collected and contributions totaling $162,278.57 were given. The city-wide food fight ran Feb. 25 through April 7 and helped Hastings Family Service maximize the proportionate matching dollars available through the Minnesota FoodShare March campaign.

Roughly one-in-five kids in the United States doesn't know where their next meal will come from, and children make up 53% of the hungry who visit the food shelf in Hastings. The donations of food and other contributions help ensure the nutritional needs of families in the Hastings area can be met over the summer when children are no longer eating lunch at school.

Minnesota FoodShare is a program of Greater Minneapolis Community Connections to replenish food shelves statewide.

"It is impossible to mention the many people, churches, businesses and groups that make a difference at HFS during MN Foodshare and all year long. It is an example of what a special place Hastings is," said HFS Associate Director Amy Sutton. "It is a blessing to be part of a community where people take care of each other; where everyone steps up and gets involved in whatever way they can."