ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (WCCO) – The Salvation Army of Minnesota is just days away from the final of their 2022 food fundraising campaign, in which they aim to bring in £2 million in food donations.
Heading into the final days, Executive Director of Development Brian Molohon says they are approaching the goal.
“The food drive was great,” he says. “We’re approaching the target, I’m confident we’ll hit it, but let’s finish strong with a big push.”
During the month of March, the Salvation Army partnered with 90 locations in the Twin Cities to collect donations.
Molohon says just 15 cents can buy a pound of food, meaning a $100 donation could help provide more than 650 pounds of food for the organization’s nine Twin Cities food shelves.
“When we hear the stories of ‘Yeah, this is the only way we can make ends meet, you help me stay in my house because I don’t have to make those really hard decisions’, it’s wildly heartwarming ‘, he said.
Molohon says the need for food has become greater than ever over the course of the pandemic.
“Inflation, (the cost of) food and fuel are rising,” he said. “60,000 people are still in rent arrears here in the Twin Cities. It’s still a perfect storm of things battling against people who were already in dire circumstances before it all.”
On Saturday, April 2, the Salvation Army will give one last push – during a fundraiser at their headquarters at 2445 Prior Ave in Roseville – to reach the goal of £2 million in donations.
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