Helping out the rural food shelves

AUSTIN, Minn. – A local organization worked to raise money for local food shelves by asking supporters to eat.

For the third straight year, the Mower County USDA Service Center teamed up with the 4-H Club for the “Feds Feed Families” Food Drive at the Mower County fair.

From 2-8 p.m. Monday, all proceeds from the 4-H Club food stand will go to local food shelves including Lyle, Grand Meadow, LeRoy and Southland Districts.

Last year they raised more than $1,700.

“It’s a really good feeling.  We’re not a big agency, and we’re not even a big community, but we’re doing something in a time when there is a big need for it. We’re able to help them out in this way right here in our community,” said Michelle Janssen with the Mower County USDA.

She said it is great to see the community support. That’s what makes it all possible.

“They’re willing to come in and eat. The food stand serves economical food. It’s helping the families that are here. It’s like, we’re helping ourselves, help each other,” Janssen said.

If you were not able to make it out to Monday’s event, you can still help. The 4-H Club food stand will have donation jars out all week during the fair.

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