Donations to July’s Food Shelf Challenge grant raises funds for food-insecure in St. Cloud area

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce a food shelf challenge grant, benefiting Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf, throughout the month of July. In partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota, this challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will proportionally match donations to Catholic Charities Food Shelf during the month of July, up to $4,000, to help end food insecurity in the St. Cloud area. The more funds raised in July towards the food shelf, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. Donations to Catholic Charities Food Shelf can be made online at

“In a normal summer, we see an increase in child visits during the summer,” said Eric Vollen, Catholic Charities Emergency Services program manager. “When school is out for summer vacation, many children miss out on free school meals and families turn to us for support. This summer, more families are experiencing economic hardship due to inflation, soaring food and gas prices, and the impacts of expiring pandemic relief programs. For those reasons and more, we are seeing an increase of food-insecure people here in the St. Cloud area, and the summer challenge comes at a time when our food shelf needs help the most.”


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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