A coalition of local churches came together during Fiesta Days to raise money and awareness for the food shelf by participating in the 32nd annual Montevideo area Hunger Walk at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Monte­video.

A coalition of local churches came together during Fiesta Days to raise money and awareness for the food shelf by participating in the 32nd annual Montevideo area Hunger Walk at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Monte­video.

 

The walk was followed by a community meal at St. Joseph’s, put together by the Latino community of Montevideo.

 

The community meals are sponsored by a committee of local churches, in addition to the Land Stewardship Project and Prairie Five.

 

“The purpose of the community meals is to provide a welcoming place for people to interact, be a part of a community, and receive nourishment in a safe atmosphere,” said Amy Bacigalupo.

Eighty-six people registered to walk last Wednesday, and 11 churches showed their support by either walking or donating to the cause.

 

Donations have totaled up to an estimated $5,000 so far, with some donations still being processed.

 

All donations received are given to the Chippewa County food shelf. The food shelf is used by residents of Chippewa County, and is available to those that are in need of food.

 

“Some people need extra help, or have come across troubled times, or their wages are too low to afford food. We want to be able to make food available to those people in our community,” said Angela Nissen, Outreach Program Director of Prairie Five.

 

“Because we are the Chippewa County food shelf, the perception is that we are funded by the county. On the contrary, we are funded strictly by donations,” said Nissen, who also noted that they don’t get as many donations as some smaller, neighboring counties.

 

Nissen and Bacigalupo both stated that the food shelf and community meal program are currently looking for more volunteers. Volunteers for the community meals would be encouraged to help serve the meal and clean up afterward. They are also looking for volunteers with software experience who are interested in promoting the upcoming meals. People interested in volunteering should contact Angela Nissen at angela.nissen@prairiefive.org.

 

Prairie Five is the fiscal agent for many programs  that are available locally such as Bring It Home, St. Martin’s Fund, and the Salvation Army.

 

Cash donations can be mailed to Prairie Five at P.O. box 159, Montevideo, MN 56265. Food donations can be brought to the community services building in Montevideo.

 

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