Emergency Foodshelf Network gives food, toys for the needy

11:32 AM, Dec 20, 2009   |    comments
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NEW HOPE, Minn. -- The Emergency Foodshelf Network's 'Baskets of Hope' program is barely keeping up with demand.  They gave away 3,000 baskets of food this weekend, but had to turn away some eligible families because the charity didn't have enough food to give away.

"It's helping me prepare a decent meal for my family," Hope Hardwick said. 

The number of people in need is incredibly high.

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"Obviously we need more than we ever needed before, Minnesotans are responding though," Sophia Lenarz-Coy said, who's Outreach Coordinator for the Emergency Foodshelf Network.

The Emergency Foodshelf Network is barely keeping up with demand.  The need for emergency food is highest its been in history.

"The need is huge this year, we registered 3,000 families, which is roughly 20,000 people," Lenarz-Coy said. 

"It's a blessing," Arthur Wiseman said.  "Food, potatoes, turkey and christmas toys for my grandchildren." 

Every $30 dollars donated will help feed a family of eight.

"We give them a turkey, canned goods, bread, onions, potatoes," Jane Stevens said, who's volunteering for the first time.

"They have just about everything," Stevens said. 

Hundreds of volunteers came out to give a helping hand. 

Stevens stood by her two daughters, grandchildren, ex-husband and other family members.

"We're a civilized family," Stevens said. 

Their experience today has shaped how they feel about the word 'volunteer.'

"They say you have no idea how much this helps me out," Stevens said.  "I'd like to (volunteer) throughout the year, I want to see what it's like on any other day."

If you'd like to help out, contact the Emergency Foodshelf Network.

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