Peoples Bank gives to Cambridge Food Pantry

March is Minnesota Food Share month and Peoples Bank of Commerce in Cambridge got Family Pathways Cambridge Food Pantry off to a great start with a $750 donation on March 1.

Keith Dragisich Assistant Vice President of the Cambridge Peoples Bank of Commerce (left), and Clyde Bloyer Marketing President for the bank (right), present Jason Southworth, coordinator for Family Pathways Cambridge Food Pantry, with a $750 check to kick off the statewide March Food Share drive.

“This is a critical month for restocking our shelves,” said Jason Southworth, coordinator for Family Pathways Cambridge Food Pantry. “Financial donations like this are very helpful, because they allow us to purchase food from the food bank, stretching the buying power of a donor’s dollar by four to five times. It also gives us the ability to fill in where our stock is the lowest. Plus, during March we have the opportunity to earn supplemental matching funds for donations which stretches a donor’s dollar even further.”

Last month the Cambridge Food Pantry assisted 454 families with 45,080 pounds of food and personal care items. Isanti County continues to be hit particularly hard by the on-going economic down turn, with the Cambridge Food Pantry serving almost twice the number of families assisted at other locations.

All Family Pathways food pantries are consistently helping a greater number of families this year over the same period last year.  Besides providing nutritional food, Family Pathways also provides advocacy to clients.

“The goal is always to help people get back on their feet,” Southworth said. “By guiding them to other local resources we are better able to stabilize their situation.”

Family Pathways has seven food pantry and food shelf locations in Minnesota including: Cambridge, serving Isanti County; Forest Lake, serving Forest Lake, Scandia and Wyoming; North Branch, serving Stacy, North Branch, Harris and Rush City; Lindstrom, serving Taylors Falls, Shafer, Center City and Chisago City; Hinckley, serving Hinckley and Brook Park; and Sandstone, serving northern Pine County. The organization also has youth services and senior services.

For more information call the Central Office at 763-552-7284 or visit www.familypathways.org.

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