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Next Monthly Committee Meeting 6:00 pm, Thursday, April 2nd  at Christ the King Church, Hutchinson
Hunger Free McLeod is a group of volunteers that are working to help hungry people in Minnesota’s McLeod County.  Even though there are government programs that provide food assistance to people in need of assistance, and there are other sources of assistance, there are still hungry people.

There are people who qualify for and are using the available programs but are not getting enough assistance to meet their food needs.

There are others who do not qualify for government assistance who are having trouble finding a way to afford to buy the food they need.  These include:

·  Children who are not getting enough food to eat when they are not in school.

·  Families in which the bread winners are experiencing a loss of income due to job loss, reduced hours, reduced benefits, etc.  In  
   these families it has become difficult to make house payments, to pay other bills, and to still be able to buy groceries.

·  Elderly people on fixed incomes that are having trouble finding a way to buy food and to also pay their other bills.

These “missing meals gaps” are what Hunger Free McLeod strives to fill.


Last year's Summer Feeding Program was a great success!  Thank you to all of you who played a part in that.  No matter how many times you volunteered, you made an impact.  I feel extremely blessed to be part of such a generous community that cares about kids. :)

This summer, the Summer Feeding Program will again serve meals at the VFW Park and the Rotary Park, Monday - Friday, June 15 - August 14 (approximate dates).    In addition, we would like to expand the activities to include both parks, Monday - Thursday.  To make this happen, we will need double the volunteers.  This presents great opportunities for church, work, and civic groups to take on the task of staffing a week at a particular park.  Myself or another group leader will still be on-site to facilitate the pre-planned daily activities and provide directions to volunteers. 

We need 4-6 volunteers Mon. - Thus., so there are plenty of slots available.  We take volunteers who have completed 7th grade, up to people in their 80's. 

Your level of interest will help me guage whether staffing activities at 2 parks is possible.  It may seem early to start thinking of summer, but it will be here before you know it! 

I am easiest to reach by e-mail and my home phone.  You can contact me at my new cell number, but I am not always as quick to respond. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sara Redekopp
Summer Feeding Program Coordinator
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