The Minnehaha Food Shelf has seen an enormous increase in demand for its services since the first of the year and several area churches have stepped up to try to meet the demand by collecting a designated personal care item each month. They decided to add a bit of playful competition to their efforts in August by declaring The Great Toilet Paper Challenge to see how many rolls they could collect and how big a mountain of toilet paper they could build.
The churches involved include: Minnehaha United Methodist Church (MUMC), Lake Nokomis Lutheran, Living Table UCC, Spirit Catholic Community, and Sts. Luke & James Episcopal. The friendly competition collected enormous mountains of paper that were documented in photos taken at each church location.
More contributions are needed. The average number of clients has tripled in the first six months of 2022, and the poundage of food provided has increased nearly four times in that same time period – clear evidence that more people are in need of assistance and each family’s need is growing as well. The numbers reflect increases in nearly every group of people we serve – singles, seniors, families with children and immigrants.
Collections of various products will continue at these churches in upcoming months. Donated items can also be dropped off in an outside blue bin at MCMU, 3701 E. 50th St., Minneapolis. Upcoming collections will include feminine hygiene projects in November.
For more information, or to make a financial contribution, go to https://www.minnehaha.org/foodshelf.html.
The Minnehaha Food Shelf is open for food distribution every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at Minnehaha United Methodist Church at 3701 E. 50th St. in Minneapolis
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