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Letter - Help stop the spread of hunger

To the editor:

March is Food Share Month. Hunger affects everyone. In 2009 there were about 3 million food shelf visits statewide and 61 million pounds of food were distributed to Minnesota families by food shelves.

More than 50 percent of adult food shelf visitors are employed and 65 percent make less than $1,000 a month. Of those who use Minnesota food shelves, 47 percent of adults and 14 percent of children skip meals because there is not enough food at home.

From 2000 through 2009, food shelf usage almost tripled, from more than 1 million to almost 3 million visits annually. In Douglas County, we have seen 324 new visitors, due to loss of jobs or cuts in pay.

Be a super hero this March and help stop the spread of hunger and support your local food shelf.

Mary Sinning,

Douglas County Foodshelf

Alexandria, MN