SENATOR TOM BAKK HOSTS EIGHTH ANNUAL FOOD SHELF FUNDRAISER
Governor Dayton Also Attends to Benefit Arrowhead Region Food Shelves
St. Paul – State Senator Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) hosted the eighth annual “Stock the
Shelves” fundraiser for Arrowhead Region food shelves last night. Governor Mark Dayton also attended the event at the Liffey Irish Pub, which raised more than $100,000 for Hunger Solutions Minnesota. More than $600,000 has been raised over the history of this event.
“I’m proud to help raise money for the Arrowhead Region food shelves. Even with a recovering economy, job losses and rising food costs mean more families are stretched to the limit,” said Senator Bakk. “We are doing our part to help, and I hope all Minnesotans will take time to help others this holiday season.”
One in five Minnesota families struggles to put healthy meals on the table. Every day in Minnesota, food shelves provide grocery assistance to 8,500 people, 3,500 of whom are children. The need for emergency food relief continues to be a problem in Minnesota even as the economy has improved.
“Hunger Solutions Minnesota is answering the call to end hunger with our Food HelpLine and new initiatives like the mobile food shelf network,” said Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota. “The unwavering generosity of our event sponsors will have a ripple effect throughout the Arrowhead Region and on the kitchen tables of needy Minnesota families.”
Food shelves benefiting from this event include:
• Aurora-Hoyt Lakes-Biwabik Area Food Shelf
• Babbit Food Shelf
• Chisholm Area Food Shelf
• Cook Community Food Shelf
• Deer River Area Food Shelf
• Elijah’s Pantry-Two Harbors
• Ely Area Food Shelf
• Falls Hunger Coalition
• Grand Marais Food Shelf
• Grand Rapids Food Shelf
• Hermantown Food Shelf
• Hibbing Food Shelf
• Northern Itasca Emergency Food Shelf
• Proctor Food Shelf
• Quad City Food Shelf-Gilbert
• Salvation Army Hibbing
• Salvation Army International Falls
• Salvation Army Virginia
• Silver Bay Area Food Shelf
• Tower Area Food Shelf
• Two Harbors Area Food Shelf
“We know how important this event is in helping food shelves provide meals to people in need during the busy holiday season, and we are pleased to be a part of the effort again this year,”
said Brian Pietsch, head of community relations at Ameriprise Financial, a presenting sponsor of the event.
Presenting sponsors of the event include Ameriprise Financial, Thomson Reuters, Cliffs Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Trucking Association.
Gold sponsors include Goff Public, Minnesota Power, Twin Metals, Enbridge, Payday America, Minnesota Grocers Association, State Farm Insurance, Polaris Industries, and AT&T.
Silver sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dorsey and Whitney, Molpus Timberlands Management, Minnesota Nurses Association, Thrivent Financial, and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
About Senator Tom Bakk: State Senator Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) is the Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader and resides on Lake Vermilion near Cook, Minnesota with his wife Laura. He has served in the Minnesota Legislature since 1994.
About Hunger Solutions Minnesota: Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger by taking action, advancing public policy and guiding grassroots advocacy on behalf of hungry Minnesotans and the diverse groups that serve them. They connect Minnesota’s food shelves and hunger-relief organizations with the necessary funding, technical assistance, and logistical support to reach thousands of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need.
See more at www.hungersolutions.org.