Approximately 8% of the population of Anoka County struggles with food insecurity – the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food. Every day, NACE strives to fill that hunger gap in North Anoka County and educate our community on ways we can all fight hunger. On March 21, the local Lion and Lioness groups are sponsoring NACE’s annual Empty Bowls Event. This event not only provides funds for the food shelf to purchase needed food but is also a symbol of the bowls we are working to fill in our community. All funds raised will be included as part of the March Campaign and Feinstein Foundation’s $1 Million Giveaway.
The Minnesota Foodshare or March Campaign is a grassroots effort to stock Minnesota food shelves. All cash and food donations NACE receives during the month of March are eligible for matching funds based on amount of donations and the number of people NACE serves during March. In 2012, NACE received a check for $4241.85 in matching funds.
NACE also participates in the Feinstein Foundation’s $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger. This is a matching donation to NACE based on monetary and food donations received during March and April. In 2012, NACE received $442 from The Feinstein Family.
Empty Bowls will be held March 21 from 5-7:30pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (19921 Nightingale St. NW) in Oak Grove. Cost is a free will donation. This event includes a soup dinner with crackers, bars, ice cream and popcorn with all proceeds benefiting the NACE Foodshelf. Attendees will be able to take home a ceramic bowl made by the Anoka Ramsey Community College Ceramic Guild or the Andover High School Art Club and will also have the opportunity to bid on many items in the live and silent auctions.