Officials say food collections around McLeod county are down considerably from this time last year. Marietta Neumann, with McLeod Emergency Food Shelf says to date, only 9000 pounds of food from around the county has been donated towards the food drive. She says that’s equivalent to a one week supply of food for the food shelf and it’s going out as fast as it comes in.
Last year this program raised over 100,000 pounds of food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for the food shelf. Unfortunately, the need in McLeod County continues to grow. Last year, the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf distributed over 386,000 lbs. of food and supplies throughout McLeod County. That amount is up 42% from 2010. The Hutchinson Food Shelf served over 2,700 households in 2011 and they continue to see more families come in for assistance.
Neumann says donations are especially important now because donations given in March are matched from Minnesota Food Share.
You can donate directly at the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf in Hutchinson at 105 2nd Ave. SW Monday through Friday 9:00 am – Noon or at any of the nearly 30 businesses throughout Hutchinson (see below).
The goal is to raise 45,000 pounds in Hutchinson.
Buffalo Wild Wings ~ 1040 Hwy 15 S
Citizens Bank & Trust Co~ 102 Main St S
Crow River Wellness~ 35 Main St N
Econo Foods~ 205 Washington
Ecumen Oaks & Pines ~ 945 Century Ave SW Ave E
Edina Realty ~ 904 Hwy 15 S
Edward Jones – Pat Chapman ~ 205 Jefferson St SE
Edward Jones – Dean Winter ~ 904 Hwy 15 S
Edward Jones – Kim Winter ~ 1020 Hwy 7 W
Hager Jewelry~ 138 Main St S
Health Source Chiropractic~ 1060 Hwy 15 S / Hutchinson Mall
Home State Bank~ Cash Wise Location
Home State Bank~ 745 Hwy 7 W
Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, CVB~ 2 Main St S
Hutchinson Leader Office~ 170 Shady Ridge Rd NW
Kids Inc. ~ 566 Bluff St
Liberty Tax ~ 1310 Hwy 15 S
Mediacom ~ 902 Hwy 15 S
MidCountry Bank – Downtown Office ~ 201 Main St S
MidCountry Bank – South Office ~ 905 Hwy 15 S
MN Workforce Center ~ 2 Century Ave SE
NU-Telecom – Hutchinson Office ~ 235 Franklin St W
Plumbing & Heating by Craig ~ 680 Hwy 7 E
SNAP Fitness ~ 114 Main St N, Ste 201
Southwest Initiative Foundation ~ 15 3rd Ave NW
Stewart Title ~ 75 Hassan St SE
Vein Clinic, PA – 134 Main St. So.
First Minnesota Bank – 308 Main St. So.