Support Merrick’s March Food Drive during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
Each March, Minnesotans rally together to support food shelves and help those who are hungry. Merrick’s food shelf relies on strong food and cash donations in March to keep the shelves stocked throughout the year. We’re calling on businesses, congregations, and individuals to fight hunger on the East Side by donating food and funds.
how can you make a difference?
Donate a portion of sales for a day or week.
Host friendly competitions between departments.
Offer employee incentives for donations (pancake breakfast, ice cream social, wear jeans on Friday).
Put a donation jar at the register.
Invite customers to round up their bill to make a donation.
Organize a March Madness bracket among staff.
Host a spaghetti dinner or a bake sale and donate the proceeds.
Take up a special offering or donate a percentage of the offering.
Plan a special message or Bible study to raise awareness of hunger.
Participate in Pack the Pews Weekend (mnfoodshare.org/packthepews).
Set out barrels or boxes to collect food donations.
Donate nonperishable food and hygiene items.
Make a cash donation.
Start a food or fund drive with your family, friends, workplace, church, school or neighborhood.
Volunteer at either of Merrick’s Food Shelf locations:
1669 Arcade Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55106
*Woodland Hills Location
1740 Van Dyke Street
Saint Paul, MN 55109
For Nonmonetary donations, here are a few items that are particularly useful to our community; below are the top five most important items that our community needs right now, in no particular order.
1: Proteins; Peanut butter, Almond butter, cashew butter, spam, tuna, canned chicken, smoked salmon, sardines, smoked eel, or any other shelf stable proteins.
2: Grains: Jasmine rice, basmati rice, apple brand sweet rice, Kokuhu rice, Nishiki rice, artisian egg noodles, rice noodles, Soba noodles, all-purpose flour, rice flour, corn flour, fufu flour, semolina flour, whole wheat flour or any other grains.
3: Cooking oils and vinegars; such as canola oil, olive oil, chili oil, sesame oil, red or white wine vinegar, rice vinegar,
champagne vinegar, butter, Mirin and any other cooking oils or vinegars..
4: Cooking Sauces; Tamari or generic soy sauce, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Tamarind paste, fermented bean pastes,
chili pastes, coconut milk, Oyster sauce, Garlic Chili Sauce, Beef broth, Vegetable broth, Chicken broth, Sriracha or any other
sauces for cooking
5: Spices; dried chilies of all varieties, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, curry, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, kosher salt, bay leaves, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise, caraway, fenugreek, all spice, sage, and any other spice.
Thank you for your participation in the March food drive and supporting a vital need to the East Side community. We appreciate you support, Merrick couldn’t be a vital part of hunger solutions in this community without you.
get involved today
Join us today in our fight against hunger by getting involved in the Merrick March Food Drive
For more information on how to sign up for volunteer shifts or fundraisers, contact