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March marks the start of an annual program to benefit local food shelves called Minnesota FoodShare. Valley Natural Foods will be raising funds and collecting donations for local organization The Open Door Pantry. Keep reading to learn more about these two programs and about how you can make a difference in the local community. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 for the March Campaign! Minnesota FoodShare Minnesota FoodShare works to fight food insecurity throughout the state by providing donations to keep food shelves stocked by collaborating with other local groups and businesses. The organization also educates the community about hunger and advocates for legislation to help combat this issue. [caption id="attachment_30145" align="alignright" width="271"] Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign works to provide resources to local food shelves.[/caption] Since 1982, MFS has donated funds to local food shelves. The following data is from the MFS website: 2017 March

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et1to7Hv8ao "Would you like to round-up?" is a phrase you've likely heard many times if you've been into Valley Natural Foods. This question is a part of our Register Round-Up program where we partner with you to give back to the community. Register Round-Up donations go to local organizations that do fantastic work. These donations go to local food shelves, providing healthy snacks for elementary school students, and a program called Midwest Food Connection. From their website: "Midwest Food Connection (MFC) had its beginnings in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN) when two natural food co-ops started a community outreach initiative in 1993. Four years later a group of committed educators founded our non-profit to bring natural foods education to a broad range of area schools. The programming has grown and flourished ever since." We spoke with Emily Houser, an Educator with Midwest Food Connection to learn