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Editorial: Support the food shelf in March

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opinion Farmington, 55024

Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

How lean are things these days at Rosemount’s food shelf? Consider the spaghetti sauce.

The pasta topping is usually a staple at the food shelf. It’s something they always have in abundance. Except now they don’t. There’s hardly any there.

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The cupboards might not be bare, but they’re thinly populated and there are no major drives on the horizon.

That’s a problem, considering that through last year use of food shelves in Dakota County continued to increase.

The food shelf in Farmington, which like the one at Rosemount’s Family Resource Center is run by 360 Communities, served 1,313 people last year. Those people made 4,244 visits, for an average 3.23 trips per person.

Local families aren’t turning the food shelf into a replacement for the grocery store, in other words. They’re using it for those times when they just can’t get by any other way.

Food shelf organizers hope that Minnesota FoodShare Month, which takes place in March, will help make it possible to continue providing that assistance. The statewide food drive is a major push to provide food for the shelves and cash to meet other needs. It can be if not a make-or-break moment at least an important step in the process of making sure local families do not go hungry.

Farmington and Rosemount have traditionally been very generous to their food shelves. Here is our chance to show that is still the case. It’s an opportunity to hold a neighborhood food drive, or to take up a collection at work. It’s a chance to give a little bit to our neighbors have at least a little more to keep themselves going.

That’s good for the food shelf, and it’s good for the community as a whole.

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