Why Donate

WHY DONATING HEALTHY FOODS TO FOOD SHELVES IS IMPORTANT

Many families in Minneapolis rely on food from food shelves to feed their households. For some, the food shelf is temporarily their only resource for fresh produce. Eating healthy food like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables lowers the risk of obesity and chronic disease. Access to fresh, healthy food allows families and individuals to get by with less worry about health complications so they can focus on getting back on their feet.

WHY DONATING CASH IS HELPFUL

Donating cash allows food shelves to purchase more healthy food using their networks. Food shelves often purchase food at wholesale prices through food banks and other food distributors. Because food shelves have special discounts that differ from individual consumers, they can stretch a dollar farther than an individual who chooses to donate food. This means more healthy food for more people. And, every food shelf is different. As a donor, it can be hard to know exactly what type of food to donate to your local food shelf. More cash allows food shelves to tailor their food purchasing to their client’s fluctuating wants and needs.