Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota

Matching challenge raises $23,000 for MN food shelves

Added on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The final numbers are in: Salvation Army food shelves in Minnesota raised $22,850 toward the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless summer food challenge. The fourth-annual food challenge provided  $150,000 worth of matching dollars for money raised during the month of July.

“Summer is typically slow for food shelf donations,” said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division commander. “The Open Your Heart food challenge encouraged giving at a time when it was needed most.”

Seventeen Salvation Army food shelves participated. The top food shelf was in Brainerd, which raised $6,060 and will receive as much as $5,000 in matching dollars.

“We are grateful to Open Your Heart for providing this matching opportunity and to our donors for rising to the challenge,” Thomson said.

A total of 150 Minnesota food shelves participated and will split the $150,000 matching grant based on the amount of money each location raised.

The Salvation Army changes lives by feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, freeing people from addiction and more. Donations are accepted year round for all Salvation Army locations.