As the economic recession lingers, hunger is on the rise. Since 2008, visits to Minnesota food shelves have increased by an astonishing 62 percent. Many low-income consumers lack access to fresh, healthy foods, creating an additional problem: obesity due to malnutrition.
At Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf, we are not content to provide clients with something to eat. We want them to have something healthy and nutritious to eat. Throughout the 2011 growing season, we have been accepting donations from Minnesota farmers as a part of our local foods drive.
To further encourage healthy eating, Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf will be hosting a local foods night from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, August 18th at St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church (100 North Oxford St.). The event will feature cooking demonstrations, nonprofit resource tables, samples of local fruits and vegetables, live music, food shelf tours, and activities for kids.
Exhibitors include: Mississippi Market Food Coop, Whole Foods, St. Paul-Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission, Fare for All, 10,000 Licks, Fruits of the City, Urban Baby, Celeste’s Dream Community Garden, Featherstone farm, Happy Acres farm, and the Farm of MN.
The event is free of charge and open to the public. We would be delighted to have you join us! Backyard and community gardeners who attend are encouraged to donate produce.
For details, call the HQB Food Shelf at 651-251-9015.