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PREVENT HUNGER

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

Your campaign contributions of money, volunteer time and food shelf items enable Interfaith Outreach to strengthen its holistic 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.

FOOD AND FUND DRIVES

Invite kids or grandkids, community members and co-workers to participate in the Prevent Hunger campaign – helping us reach our fundraising goal 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

Like last year, we’re asking the community for very specific, targeted items for the food shelf. These items are most requested by food shelf guests and are more expensive for us to purchase. But all donated food and goods are welcome!

Most needed: Canned fruit, diced tomatoes, dried fruit (banana chips, raisins, etc.), kids cereal, pasta sauce, paper towels, shampoo, toilet paper

Food shelf needed items


Step 2 Drop off March 31

Drop off your group’s items at our one-day “Shop then Drop” drive-thru event!

SHOP THEN DROP EVENT

1-DAY DONATION DROP-OFF
Thurs., March 31
3:30 – 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 31, donations are also accepted Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please schedule large donation drop-offs by calling Patrick Felker at 763-489-7530.


Step 3 donate funds

If you choose to do a fund drive, please know that we can stretch your dollars to fill our shelves with 3 times more food than what you’d be able to buy at a grocery store, 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 15, 2022. Thank you!


Prevent Hunger FAQ

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Why should I give to Prevent Hunger?
When you give financially, we can stretch your dollars to fill our shelves with 3x more food than what you’d be able to buy at a grocery store. Your dollars support our ability to respond to emergency needs for food and financial assistance most flexibly. Cash donations also reduce the number of hands that touch the food and goods we distribute.

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

  • It takes living wage jobs.
  • It takes the right food and access to it.
  • It takes wrap-around support services.

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.

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 eight-city 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.

That’s why we must take complex problems—like hunger—and tackle their root causes.

The need for food is what brings people to the Interfaith Outreach food shelf. But often, hunger is a symptom of poverty, unemployment and other larger challenges that put families and individuals in crisis. 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.


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