The impact was greatest for those who had the least, including low-wage workers and minority populations.
The result? Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, which serves New Brighton and nearby communities, saw a 45% increase in demand in 2020. Many families used the food shelf for the first time. Ralph Reeder also met the crisis by moving to drive-by pick-up and even making over 2,300 deliveries direct to homes.
Although we may soon see the economy slowly improve, even the pre-pandemic level of hunger is too high for our wealthy nation.
Lent is seen as a time of fasting and repentance, and Isaiah 58:6-7 says, “Is this not the fast I choose…Is it not to share your bread with the hungry…?”
One way we can “share our bread” is through donations to our partner, the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Let’s set ourselves a challenge. Let’s commit to donating what we would spend for our family’s food for one day (average of $12 per day per person in Minnesota), or two days, or even a week!
Cash donations are most effective because Ralph Reeder can purchase about $10 worth of food for every dollar donated.
Donations can be made on their web site: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Domain/75 or by mailing a check to Ralph Reeder, 2544 Mounds View Blvd., Mounds View, MN 55112. Call 651-621-6280 if you have questions or want to make an appointment.
We pray: Our Father, give us this day our daily bread, and move us to share it with our neighbor. Amen.
P.S. Another place to support is Second Harvest Heartland, www.2harvest.org