The Love from Minnesota store in Roseville has kicked off a food drive for Second Harvest Heartland that began Wednesday and will continue until the donation boxes are full.
"We are encouraging the community to bring in non-perishable food items and new toiletries," said Ashleigh Moss, vice president of marketing for Love from Minnesota.
Each customer making a food donation will receive a 20 percent off coupon to be used same day or until February 15, the company said.
The small retail chain is also conducting the food drive at its downtown Minneapolis and Ridgedale Center locations.
For more info, check out Love from Minnesota's blog post here: http://lovefromcompanies.com/blog/fight-hunger-with-love-from-minnesota/
Love from Minnesota is a retailer of Minnesota-made home furniture, clothing, accessories, edibles and other merchandise.
The retailer also has a post on its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151256837216785&set=a.10150340485076785.342039.61735291784&type=1&theater
Meanwhile, the retailer shared these facts about hunger:
- One in 8 Minnesota children lives at risk of hunger
- 40 percent of the member households served by Second Harvest Heartland are children under 18 years old
- Children who suffer from poor nutrition during the brain’s most formative years score much lower on test of vocabulary, reading comprehension, arithmetic and general knowledge
- Hungry Minnesota families miss 100 million meals each year
- 9.5 percent of households in Minnesota are food insecure and will struggle to find enough food this week. This equates to 1 in 10 households, many with children
- Since 2008, visits by seniors to suburban emergency food programs have increased by more than 70 percent. Reducing senior citizens’ risk of food insecurity or hunger benefits their health, nutrition and general well-being
The event is free and open to the public.