Hunger-Free Minnesota: Good to Grow at The Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesotans are encouraged to share excess produce with local food shelves.

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It's hard to imagine hunger when you are surrounded by all the food at the Fair, but more than 600,000 people in our state don't know where their next meal will come from. There is hunger in every county from Aitkin to Zumbrota.

Hunger-Free Minnesota (http://www.hungerfreemn.org) will be at the Minnesota State Fair promoting Good to Grow, a joint initiative with Minnesota Public Radio. In the midst of 10,000 food choices on a stick this year, Hunger-Free Minnesota will show Fair visitors how simple it is to provide healthy food to those in need. The Good to Grow program aims to increase fresh produce donations by gardeners and farmers’ market shoppers.

Visitors to the Hunger-Free Minnesota booth in the Progress Center/EcoExperience Building at the intersection of Cosgrove St. and Randall Ave. on August 24 and the MPR tent in Carousel Park on August 31 can do the following:

  •     Sign up to donate 5 pounds of produce from their garden or from a purchase of fresh produce
  •     Get matched to a food shelf or meal program where they can donate produce
  •     Learn how their county compares when it comes to food insecurity
  •     Receive a free recyclable Good to Grow bag (while supplies last)

"It's hard to imagine hunger when you are surrounded by all the food at the Fair, but more than 600,000 people in our state don't know where their next meal will come from. There is hunger in every county from Aitkin to Zumbrota. Working together, we can change that,” said Ellie Lucas, chief campaign officer for Hunger-Free Minnesota.

About Hunger-Free Minnesota
Hunger-Free Minnesota is a coalition of community leaders and citizens, nonprofit agencies and organizations including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, food banks, food shelves and corporate partners including General Mills, Cargill, Hormel Foods, Land O’Lakes, UnitedHealth Group and others. The primary goal of Hunger-Free Minnesota’s three-year campaign is to close the 100 million missing meal gap in Minnesota. Initiatives in the campaign’s strategic, data-driven action plan include system-wide changes, new partnerships, education, policy changes, direct grants and other support for local participating organizations. The coalition encourages individuals and organizations to “Fight Hunger Where You Live.” More information is available at http://www.hungerfreemn.org

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