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PREVENT HUNGER

MARCH – April 16, 2021
GOAL = $200,000

Interfaith Outreach’s Prevent Hunger campaign is our annual drive to make real, significant progress toward ending hunger in our community by attacking hunger at its root causes—because it takes more than food to prevent hunger.



Your campaign contributions of money, partnership and food shelf items enable Interfaith Outreach to strengthen its wrap-around approach to preventing hunger in the community. Your support not only provides access to nutritious, culturally appropriate and hard-to-find food shelf items, it enables us to provide a range of employment and family support services that set people on the path to new and hopeful futures.

I want to prevent hunger!

FOOD AND FUND DRIVES

Invite kids or grandkids, community members and co-workers to participate in the Prevent Hunger campaign — helping us reach our goal of raising $200,000 and filling the food shelf with specific, most needed items. Let’s flood the food shelf with these most-needed items and show our neighbors we stand by them in this challenging time!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!


Step 1 collect your items

This year, we’re asking the community for very specific, targeted items for the food shelf.

Most needed: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cooking oils (vegetable, coconut, olive, canola, avocado, sesame, etc.) and cereal

Also needed: infant formula, canned meat, paper towels and toilet paper

Food shelf needed items


Step 2 Drop off March 30

Drop off your group’s items at our one-day “Shop then Drop” drive-thru event! Enjoy a goody bag filled with family-friendly ways to prevent hunger in our community. Questions? Email Sarah Williams at swilliams@iocp.org.

NEW!  SHOP THEN DROP EVENT

1-DAY DONATION DROPOFF
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
3 – 6:30 p.m.
Interfaith Outreach parking lot
1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

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If you cannot drop off on March 30, donations are also accepted two days a week: Fridays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please schedule large donation drop-offs by calling Patrick Felker at 763-489-7530.


Step 3 donate

If you choose to do a fund drive, please know that every $1 raised allows us to source $9 worth of goods from our nonprofit wholesale partners, maximizing the return on investment for families. Financial donations can be made at iocp.org/preventhunger and will count toward our Prevent Hunger efforts as long as they are made before April 16, 2021. Thank you!

$1 sources $9 worth of food


Prevent Hunger kid-friendly ideas

  • Shop with your kids and let them choose the items from the store
  • Do a neighborhood drive with your kids and see if they can fill their sports equipment bags plump full
  • Drop off at the Shop then Drop parking lot event on March 30, 2021, and enjoy food and fun after delivering your donations (items or financial)
  • Fill your family car, van or truck to the ceiling with items like toilet paper and paper towels
  • Join community members between April 1-16 and participate in the family-friendly Interfaith Empty Plate activity!

Interfaith Empty Plate Activity


Prevent Hunger drive tips and resources


Prevent Hunger FAQ

Click each question below to expand:

Is Interfaith Outreach seeing an increased need due to COVID-19?
Yes! If the pandemic has reminded us of anything, it’s that we need more than food to prevent hunger in our community. Before COVID-19, people in our community were already struggling. The pandemic has only made things worse. Now, low-paying jobs and unemployment are making it even more difficult for people in our community to feed their families.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 11 Minnesotans struggled to afford food. Now, 1 in 9 Minnesotans faces hunger (Second Harvest Heartland). Interfaith Outreach saw 820 new families in 2020 (Interfaith).

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We continue to serve the needs of our community while following recommendations from the MN Department of Health to protect all members of our community – clients, staff, volunteers, partners and neighbors.

How is your food shelf doing? What do you need?
In March 2020, when the pandemic hit, the Interfaith Outreach food shelf pivoted to provide resources to our community through a drive-up model and then by fall expanded our food shelf service even more. 10,000+ food shelf visits provided via curbside, home delivery and on-site shopping, and 792,204 meals for our neighbors were made possible thanks to the support of our donors, partners and volunteers.

You can make a hands-on, tangible difference in the fight to prevent hunger and support our neighbors in three simple ways:

  • DONATE CASH – To support our wrap-around services
  • PARTNER – Share job leads with our Employment Services team
  • DONATE GOODS – Ensure your neighbors have the food and items they need

What does my Prevent Hunger donation do?
Financial donations support our ability to respond to emergency needs for food and financial assistance most flexibly, while reducing the number of hands that touch the food and goods we distribute. With your $1 donation, we can source $9 of food from partners. Here are a few ways your investment will work to make a life-changing difference:

  • $100 can source $900 of food to feed a family for a month
  • $563 provides an individual a year of caring support from a case manager
  • $1,999 provides employment services for an individual to land a “career” job
  • A gift of any amount will help feed families and fuel hope

How will the Prevent Hunger campaign help people?
The Prevent Hunger campaign is Interfaith Outreach’s annual drive to make real, significant progress toward ending hunger in our community by attacking hunger at its root causes—because it takes more than food to prevent hunger.

  • It takes MORE wrap-around support services.
  • It takes MORE quality job leads.
  • It takes MORE of the right food and access to it.

Together, Interfaith Outreach and this community can provide, beyond our food shelf, additional services that tackle the root causes of hunger, including poverty, lack of employment and other challenges that put families and individuals in crisis. Of those who use the food shelf, 40% are children.

Why is the food shelf needs list smaller this year?
Interfaith Outreach is asking the community for very specific, targeted items for the food shelf: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cooking oils (vegetable, coconut, olive, canola, avocado, sesame, etc.) and cereal. Additionally, we need infant formula, juice boxes, canned meat, paper towels and toilet paper. We are responding to the specific needs of clients and asking the community for help with items that are in high demand and expensive for us to purchase. While this list is smaller than in past years, it focuses on filling our shelves with items most needed right now.

How has COVID-19 affected my neighbors living in west Hennepin County?
At Interfaith Outreach we are working hard to help the community understand the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the working poor. The pandemic in Minnesota has taken a particular toll on individuals who were earning less than $14.70 an hour pre-COVID. These people are the most likely to still be out of work. Black Minnesotans have been disproportionately impacted by layoffs during the pandemic. While they make up only 5.9% of the labor force, they represent more than 10% of unemployment claimants. Unemployment during the pandemic has also critically impacted Minnesotans 65 and older who are most at risk for prolonged unemployment. [DEED]

In Hennepin County, a single adult with one child would need to work full time and earn $27.55/hour (or earn $57,306) to support their family. (Interfaith) (livingwage.mit.edu)

How are hunger, poverty and employment linked?
Poverty in the Twin Cities suburbs has grown three times faster than poverty in Minneapolis and St. Paul over the past 10 years. 14% of people in the Interfaith Outreach service area live in poverty. The lack of available living wage jobs means that many working families are struggling with incomes that can scarcely cover basic needs like food, housing, child care and transportation.

Our community has more than enough food. Lack of food is not the problem. The problem is that hunger is tied to poverty, unemployment and other challenges that put families and individuals in crisis—challenges that Interfaith Outreach has decades of experience addressing.

We take complex problems—including hunger—and tackle their root causes with a wrap-around approach proven to deliver life-changing results.

The need for food is what brings people to the Interfaith Outreach food shelf. But often, that need is a warning sign, a signal of other larger challenges. That’s why our approach begins with assessing what’s working—and what’s not. Then we work together to develop a tailored response that not only addresses the immediate need for food but also provides life-changing wrap-around support that builds stability and helps strengthen individuals and their families.

Wrap-around services include job-search support and employment training, as well as broad family support.

What can I do to prevent hunger?

  • Donate the money you would have spent on this meal to Interfaith Outreach’s Prevent Hunger campaign
  • Help neighbors find quality jobs with good wages
  • Advocate for anti-hunger legislation and programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), and food assistance for K-12 students. Find your state and federal representatives here.
  • Volunteer with Interfaith Outreach supporting our food shelf, employment services, or other roles
  • Support businesses that pay living wages to their employees
  • Advocate for an increased minimum wage
  • Purchase some of your family’s favorite foods and donate them to the food shelf each month
  • Be an ally to those facing hunger. Dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about hunger. Speak up when you hear someone spreading false information or mistaken beliefs.
  • Plant a garden this summer and donate your harvest to the Interfaith Outreach food shelf
  • ….Add your ideas! Tell us how you will help prevent hunger.