Fighting hunger by shopping for shoes


ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Twin Cities organization that aims to fight hunger and provide people in need with quality footwear is partnering with a local church and shoe store.

The Shoe Away Hunger program Shoe Bus was in Rochester offering gently used and new shoes for sale at a deep discount.

It is part of the organization Good in the Hood, which is based out of the Twin Cities. They partner with individuals, businesses and churches to host shoe sales. On Monday, the bus made a stop at Bethel Lutheran Church and held the sale in conjunction with the church’s Community Food Response food shelf.

Every $5 of shoes sold on the bus helps feed someone for one week at one of Good in the Hood’s six food locations in the Twin Cities.

This was the first time the bus made a stop in the Med City, and it likely won’t be the last.

“You know as we find that there is partnership and people who have needs down here, we’d like to come down and start to do more here,” explains Seth Jankovsky with Good in the Hood.

Besides partnering with Bethel Lutheran, they partnered with O&B shoes in Rochester. O&B continues to collect donated shoes that are new or gently used during their regular business hours.

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