5th Annual Donation Station Challenge Grant
The Minot Area Community Foundation (MACF) is excited to announce their 5th Annual Donation Station Challenge Grant to benefit local food pantries. Area organizations are invited to utilize the Donation Station in the coming months to collect items and stock area food pantries for a chance to win additional grant dollars for one of the eligible local food pantries.
Participating organizations are asked to set a goal of collecting 1,000 pounds or more of food during a single collection drive for a designated food pantry. If successful, that organization’s designated food pantry will also receive a $1,000 grant from The MACF Arnold I. Besserud Fund. This amount is an increase from the previous 4 years when the grant per event was $500.
“In the last year we have all seen the rise in retail grocery costs. Our partners at the area food pantries have experienced the same impacts and we wanted to not only acknowledge that but also provide additional resources to those organizations that reach or exceed the 1,000 pound threshold,” said Jason Zimmerman, President of MACF.
Last year 8 organizations successfully participated in the challenge with a total of 11,900 pounds of food collected and $3,500 granted back to area food pantries.
This year’s challenge grant will run from September 15th – December 31st, 2022. Food collection events must take place within this time frame and The Donation Station must be utilized for the event. Local food pantries must be approved by MACF staff. Rural communities wanting to participate will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The Donation Station is a pull-behind trailer that is housed with the Minot Area Community Foundation. You can contact the Minot Area Community Foundation at 852-0646 for full details or to reserve the Donation Station for an upcoming event.