Did you know hunger is still a problem in Minnesota?
- 1 in 10 Minnesota families experiences food insecurity.
- In 2015 there were over 3.2 million food shelf visits in Minnesota, half of which were made by children and seniors.
- The Open Door serves nearly 5,000 individuals each month across Dakota County, 45% of whom are children. The Open Door offers fresh and healthy foods at each visit, whether at our Pantry in Eagan or on their Mobile Pantry.
- The Open Door can make each dollar donated stretch further through our access to low-cost products.
- Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign provides a financial gift to participating food shelves. The more funds we raise in March, the more funds The Open Door receives from Minnesota FoodShare! So each donation—large or small—makes a BIG difference right here in your community!
Get energized for the MN FoodShare March campaign and help re-stock our shelves!
How to help:
- Donate one of our FINAL 4 picks for March
- Donate items from our suggested food list
- Host a food and FUNd drive
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see below for great business ideas!
- Have your faith community participate in Pack the Pews Weekend, March 24-26
- Make a financial donation
FUN AND EXCITING Business Campaign ideas:
- TP the VP:
Is your boss or supervisor out of the office this month? What better way to welcome the big cheese back from a “well-deserved” break than an office filled floor-to-ceiling with stacks of toilet paper. If the look on his or her face alone isn’t worth it, toilet paper is one of the most requested item at The Pantry.
- Casual Day for Pay
Why limit casual to just one day a week? Keep the suit and tie at home! Offer casual day for cash. This is an easy way to raise money for the pantry. A simple charge of $5 for a day of casual day can really add up.
A creative way to motivate and help remind co-workers, employees, clients, customers, etc. to donate food items for the pantry is to create a CANstruction—an object constructed out of cans. Creative CANstruction ideas include (but are certainly not limited to): team mascots, favorite vehicles, famous buildings, structures, sculptures, etc. Add to the display throughout the month, be sure to take photos and donate the non-perishable items to the pantry. Peanut butter works great as a CANstruction material and it is one of our final four picks for March!
- Chili Throwdown
It is time to settle it. Who in your office truly makes the best chili? Only one way to find out and that is a throwdown. Fire up the crockpots, roll up those sleeves, meet in the kitchen, sell the tastings and voting rights to your coworkers (all proceeds go to the pantry). Finally figure out who truly deserves the bragging rights. Who knows…maybe Bobby Flay will show up!
Company Fitness events:
- Yoga or Zumba: Have a yoga or zumba instructor lead a class and have participants make a donation to The Open Door.
- Stair challenge: Have department teams register for a stair-climbing competition (the most flights, the fastest time, etc) with proceeds going to The Open Door.
- St. Patrick’s Day Green Carnation Fundraiser
Have the luck of the Irish with your March Campaign! On March 17 sell green carnations and donate the proceeds to the pantry.
- First Day of Spring Fundraiser
Sell daffodils and small note cards in the office for coworkers to purchase and give to others with a note of appreciation, thanks, a fun joke, to brighten their day, etc. donate the proceeds to the pantry.
- If you are already having a company event during March Campaign, (sales meeting, conference, team building event) ask each participant to bring in canned goods to the event.
- Dedicate your food drive: Select one or two of our most need food items and employ a catchy title for your group and see which group/department can collect the most food. Ex. “Peanut Butter Posse”. Departments can compete against each other for best food container and theme.
- Ice cream social: Buy a gallon of ice cream, whipping cream, and sprinkles. Make ice cream sundaes and ask for a free will donation. All proceeds benefit the pantry.
- Penalty donations: Request donations when someone is late to a meeting, a cell phone rings during meeting, swears in the office, etc.
- “Items” of the day: Working off of our final 4 picks for March assign an item for each day of the week (or each week of the month), doing this encourages your teams to to work towards the common goal of gifting The Open Door with the items we need the most.
- Skip a meal out: Encourage your colleagues to skip one meal out and instead donate the funds saved from that meal to the pantry.