March is Minnesota FoodShare Month, and the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is participating in the Feinstein Challenge to help feed hungry Minnesotans.
Since 1997, East Coast philanthropist Alan Feinstein has earmarked $1 million for anti-hunger charities. Participating charities have between March 1 and April 30 to gather as many food donations as possible. The Feinstein Challenge then awards a portion of the million dollars to the organization; the award size is based on how much food is donated.
According to STEP executive director Jackie Olafson, in 2012, 155,333 food items were purchased and 515,350 food items were donated. Learn more on how to help STEP meet this challenge at stepslp.org.