Open Your Heart Summer Challenge

Open Your Heart Summer Challenge

The OYH Summer Challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. In partnership with Hunger Solutions, Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year.

Participating food shelves receive a proportionally match of the donations they receive in July, up to $4,000. The more funds a food shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart will be. In 2018, 130 food shelves completed the July fundraising challenge and received funds through the grant. Those grantees were able to leverage this challenge to raise $1,447,346.62 and received their portion of the $90,000 Open Your Heart challenge grant in addition. The hope is to exceed that goal this summer.

Donations in support of the Summer Challenge can be made by visiting www.crowdrise.com/oyh-summer-challenge.

Many thanks to Hunger Solutions for their partnership in this campaign and to all who participate and donate.

2019 OYH Summer Challenge Participants

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To donate to a participating food shelf in your area visit their website directly.

Food Shelf NameLocation
360 CommunitiesBurnsville, MN
ACBC Food ShelfAnoka, MN
Alden Area Food ShelfAlden, MN
Annandale Food ShelfAnnandale, MN
Area Food Shelf of New RichlandNew Richland, MN
Aurora Food ShelfHoyt Lakes, MN
Battle Lake Emergency Food Shelf, Inc.Battle Lake, MN
BBE Area Food ShelfBrooten, MN
Becker County Food PantryDetroit Lakes, MN
Bemidji Community Food ShelfBemidji, MN
Big Lake Community Food ShelfBig Lake, MN
Bountiful BasketChaska, MN
CAER Food ShelfElk River, MN
CAPI, USABrooklyn Center, MN
Cass Lake Area Food ShelfBlackduck, MN
Catholic Charities Emergency ServicesSt. Cloud, MN
Centennial Community Food ShelfCircle Pines, MN
Channel One, Inc.Rochester, MN
Chippewa County Food ShelfMontevideo, MN
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food ShelfOakdale, MN
Christian Social Services, Inc/Monticello Help Center Food ShelfMonticello, MN
CHUM Food ShelfDuluth, MN
Clearwater Clear Lake Food ShelfClearwater, MN
Community Action CenterNorthfield, MN
Community Emergency Assistance ProgramsBrooklyn Center, MN
Community Emergency Service (CES)Minneapolis, MN
CROSS of Benton CountyFoley, MN
CROSS ServicesRogers, MN
East Grand Forks Food ShelfEast Grand Forks, MN
Elijah's PantryTwo Harbors, MN
Ely Area Food ShelfEly, MN
Emergency Food PantryFargo, ND
Falls Hunger CoalitionInternational Falls, MN
Family Pathways Food ShelvesNorth Branch, MN
Fergus Falls Community Food ShelfFergus Falls, MN
Food in the HoodBloomington, MN
Friends in Need Food ShelfCottage Grove, MN
Fruit of the Vine Community Food Shelf (The Vineyard Church)Duluth, MN
Glendale Food ShelfMinneapolis, MN
Good in the 'Hood (Food in the Hood, Food for Thought, Foodshelf-In-A-Box)Bloomington, MN
Grace Community Food ShelfErskine, MN
Grand Meadow Faith Community Food ShelfGrand Meadow, MN
Groveland Emergency Food ShelfMinneapolis, MN
Hallie Q. Brown Community CenterSt. Paul, MN
Hastings Family Service - The MarketHastings, MN
Heaven's Table Food ShelfFairmont, MN
Helping Hands Emergency ServicesMahnomen, MN
Heron Lake/Okabena Food ShelfMarshall, MN
High Rise Mobile Food ShelfMinneapolis, MN
Hill City Area Food ShelfHill City, MN
Hope ChurchBlaine, MN
Hubbard County Food ShelfPark Rapids, MN
ICA Food ShelfMinnetonka, MN
Immanuel Food ShelfHendrum, MN
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul - Dept. of Indian Work (DIW)Saint Paul, MN
Interfaith OutreachPlymouth, MN
Jackson Food Shelf, IncJackson, MN
Jacobson Food ShelfJacobson, MN
Janesville Food ShelfJanesville, MN
Jericho Road MinistriesMinneapolis, MN
Kandiyohi County Food ShelfWillmar, MN
Keystone Community ServicesSt Paul, MN
LaCrescent Food ShelfLa Crescent, MN
Loaves and FishesFosston, MN
Lonsdale Area Food ShelfLonsdale, MN
Mahtomedi Area Food ShelfMahtomedi, MN
Manna Food Pantry, Inc.Worthington, MN
Marshall Kitchen Table Food ShelfMarshall, MN
Mary & Martha's Pantry - WestbrookMarshall, MN
McLeod Emergency Food ShelfGlencoe, MN
Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf dba Meeker Area Food ShelfLitchfield, MN
Menahga Area Food ShelfMenahga, MN
Moose Lake Area Food ShelfMoose Lake, MN
Morrison County Food ShelfLittle Falls, MN
NACE Food ShelfEast Bethel, MN
NEAR Food ShelfNew Hope, MN
Neighbors United Resource Center Food ShelfGranite Falls, MN
Neighbors, Inc.South St. Paul, MN
North Country Food ShelfCrookston, MN
Northome Community ShelfNorthome, MN
Northpoint Health and Wellness CenterMinneapolis, MN
Peace CenterNew Prague, MN
Pine Island Sharing ShelvesPine Island, MN
Pine River Area Food ShelfPine River, MN
Pipestone County Food ShelfPipestone, MN
Prairie Five/Big Stone Lake Area Food ShelfOrtonville, MN
PRISMGolden Valley, MN
PROP Food ShelfEden Prairie, MN
Quad City Food Shelf (AEOA)Gilbert, MN
Ralph Reeder Food ShelfMounds View, MN
REACHHawley, MN
Richland Wilkin Emergency Food PantryWahpeton, ND
Rock County Food ShelfLuverne, MN
ROCORI Area Food ShelfCold Spring, MN
Salvation Army CentralMinneapolis, MN
Scott Carver Dakota CAP AgencyShakopee, MN
Second Harvest Food ShelfGrand Rapids, MN
Second Harvest Food Shelf (formerly Hermantown Area Food Shelf)Duluth, MN
Semcac Caledonia Food ShelfCaledonia, MN
Semcac Preston Food ShelfPreston, MN
Semcac Rushford Food ShelfRushford, MN
Semcac-Dodge County Food ShelfKasson, MN
Senior Food ShelfMinneapolis, MN
Shelf of Hope - GethsemaneMinneapolis, MN
Sibley County Food ShelfGaylord, MN
Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf - SHEAFSleepy Eye, MN
Spring Valley Area Food ShelfSpring Valley, MN
Springfield Area Food ShelfSpringfield, MN
St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP)St. Louis Park, MN
St. Vincent de PaulFaribault, MN
Staples Area Food ShelfStaples, MN
Steele County Food ShelfOwatonna, MN
Strandquist Food ShelfStransquist, MN
Swift County Food ShelfBenson, MN
The Aliveness ProjectMinneapolis, MN
The Open DoorEagan, MN
The Perham Food Shelf dba The Bridge Community PantryPerham, MN
The Salvation ArmyDuluth, MN
The Salvation ArmyHibbing, MN
The Salvation ArmyVirginia, MN
The Salvation ArmyAlbert Lea, MN
The Salvation Army BrainerdBrainerd, MN
The Windom Area Sharing CenterWindom, MN
Thief River Falls Area Food ShelfThief RIver Falls, MN
Tracy Kitchen Table Food ShelfMarshall, MN
Two Harbors Area Food ShelfTwo Harbors, MN
Tyler Area Food ShelfTyler, MN
Valley OutreachStillwater, MN
Wabasha Area Food ShelfWabasha, MN
Waconia United Food ShelfWaconia, MN
WCCA Food ShelfMaple Lake, MN
WeCANMound, MN
WeCare ProjectMorgan, MN
Wellstone Food MarketSt. Paul, MN
White Bear Area Emergency Food ShelfWhite Bear Lake, MN
Winona Volunteer ServicesWinona, MN
Akeley/Nevis Food ShelfAkeley, MN
Watonwan County Food ShelfSt. James, MN

To Apply

The Summer Challenge is carried out in partnership with Hunger Solutions of Minnesota, who administers the grant. Applications are sent to food shelves mid-May and the deadline for their return is mid-June. Please contact Abbie Tish with Hunger Solutions at [email protected]  or 651-789-9848 if you have any questions.

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