Food shelf fundraiser set for March 1

Responding to a need to keep the area food shelves fully stocked, a number of union members from the East Central Area Labor Council are stepping to the front of the line.
Council members are inviting everyone to join them for the second annual Rum River Labor Coalition fundraiser on March 1 at the Milaca Senior Center, located in downtown Milaca.
Serving for the Warming Hearts Fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with all proceeds designated to benefit food shelves throughout the Rum River area.
At a suggested donation of $5 per person, the menu will include a variety of soups, breads and dessert items.
This event comes at a time when the demand for food from the Milaca Area Pantry is crucial.
“With the Coin-Tainer fire and loss of jobs, along with the extreme cold winter and the high cost of propane, it has been way above average with individuals and families seeking help for the past three weeks,” said Carol Mueller, who serves as the volunteer director of the pantry. “We are having difficulty in keeping food in here.”
In reference to the upcoming Warming Hearts Fundraiser, Mueller noted, “This is a really, really good kick-off for our March food drive.”
Mueller pointed out that the month of March is a time that sets the pantry up for the entire year.
Fundraising includes help from schools and churches. Letters are also sent to area businesses seeking donations.
During the month of March, a match is offered, providing additional incentive to collect the much-needed funds that are used to purchase food to restock the shelves.
For additional information on the Warming Hearts Fundraiser, or if you would like to make and donate a soup, bread or dessert or to provide a cash donation, contact Cindy Kluempke at 320-290-3971 or by email at ckluempke@gmail.com.

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