Donate to the Minnesota FoodShare March Food Drive

Did you know that nearly 1 in 10 Minnesotans worry about where they will get their next meal?  Food shelf use continues at high levels.  Bethlehem accepts food shelf donations throughout the year to address this problem and donate to both CES in Minneapolis and ICA in Minnetonka.


Only a few miles down the road from the Minnetonka campus, ICA offers food and other social services to those in need in the Minnetonka area. Bethlehem  MTKA campus contributed $3496.00 and 1,249 pounds of food in 2018.

During March, ICA has set a goal of $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food as they participate in the Second Harvest Food Drive.  March’s items of the month are Rice, Beans, Pasta and Sauce. Financial gifts are also appreciated.  Checks should be made out to ICA Food Shelf. Contact Sue Lungstrom in the office with any questions. 952.935.3419, or [email protected]

In March, June, and November we highlight the need to fight hunger at the Mpls campus, supporting CES in a food drive.  Located just 10 minutes from our church, Community Emergency Service (CES),, served over 70,000 client visits last year, giving away half a million pounds of food.  The need continues: over 3,500 children are served by food shelves in Minnesota every day.

At CES, both groceries and cash donations received in March receive a multiplier donation from Minnesota FoodShare.  Groceries that are especially needed are 100% fruit juice, cooking oil, flour and sugar (4 pound bags), canned meats, canned fruit, canned tomato products, coffee, hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine sanitary products, toilet paper) and baby items (disposable diapers, diaper wipes, baby powder and baby lotion). Paper grocery bags with handles, in good condition, are always welcome.  Cash donations are used to purchase groceries from large food banks where $1.00 can purchase about 10 times more than at retail grocery stores.

Please help:

  • Bring non-perishable groceriesto one of the carts in the Gallery.  Canned or boxed items are best.
  • Make a check out to “Bethlehem,” note “CES” on the memo line and place in the offering plate.
  • Pray for the work of CES and those who are served.
  • Volunteer to work at CES on Sat, Mar 30 from 10 am to 12 pm to sort and stock food received during the March FoodShare Drive.  Contact Britta Iwen at [email protected] to sign up.