Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

United Community Action Partnership’s food shelves located in Marshall, Tracy, Westbrook and Heron Lake/Okabena are participating in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. All shelves will be the accepting donations of food, hygiene items and monetary donations to purchase food through Monday, April 9. We thank you for your generous past support in helping to serve those with limited resources. Quotes below are from families or individuals that have shared their gratitude.

“In our desperate time of need, your food shelf provided food for my family to get us through and we want to thank you for being there for us because I didn’t know what we were going to do. Thank you to your volunteers too, you all do great work and it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

“I am living on a small social security income that covers monthly bills but leaves little for food.”

“This helps my family out a lot towards the end of the month. I don’t know what I would do without this place.”

To be eligible to visit the food shelves there are income guidelines, address verification, and household member’s information needed when completing the intake form. If you know of any individual or family in need of food assistance, please share our contact information with them.

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest grassroots food and fund drive, bringing together community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help stock our food shelves.

Eating Healthy is more costly, but a better option in the long run. United Community Action partners with the University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed program to offer a variety of Healthy Eating Classes for our customers. ICPD (I Can Prevent Diabetes) Class was just completed with a weight loss of 300 pounds with 18 participants. Cooking Classes and Shopping at a Farmers Market are other classes offered (showing healthy options and food budgeting for their family.) It’s great to see the healthy choices families are making. We are also grateful to be a community partner with United Way of Southwest Minnesota. UCAP is appreciative of all the partners across our service area that have strengthened our outreach programs.

We especially would like to thank our many volunteers who make it all happen. From individuals, to school groups, youth groups, businesses, and organizations, it’s because of all of you that our food shelves can serve your community members. Thank you!!

We are happy to announce that we are enrolled through the Thrivent Choice Program so please consider directing your Choice Dollars through one of our food shelves.

Together as a family or employee group, you may make a monetary or food donation to one of our UCAP Food Shelves. Names and locations listed for your convenience.

• Marshall Kitchen Table — physical & mailing address:

1400 S. Saratoga St. Marshall, MN 56258 (507-537-1416 ext. 2139) Open Food Shelf Hours: M-W-F 12:30-4:15 p.m. Office hours M-F 8-4:30pm.

• Tracy Kitchen Table — physical address: 231 2nd St., Tracy ( open Thurs. 9:30-moon)

Mailing address: UCAP c/o Tracy Kitchen Table — 1400 S. Saratoga St. Marshall, MN 56258

• Mary & Martha’s Pantry — physical address: 524 1st Ave. Westbrook. ( open Mondays 1:30-3:30 p.m.)

Mailing address: PO Box 71 Westbrook, MN 56183

Contact Lori (507-537-1416 ext. 2139) or Margaret (507-537-1416 ext. 2116) for any questions on food drives, making a donation, volunteering, or in need of food assistance. We also offer SNAP application assistance at all our sites.