Mission

Mission

The Mission

Today, more and more Minnesotans are turning to food shelves for assistance. The number of people visiting a food shelf tripled in the period from 2000 to 2009, from 1 to 3 million people. In 2010 the number of people visiting food shelves grew by 28 percent. Estimates indicate that 52 percent of individuals visiting a food shelf have jobs, but are unable to afford to buy groceries. In 2011 and 2012, the sluggish economy continued to make it difficult for many Minnesotans to eat.

Our Goal

The goal in the publication and sale of Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories is to support hunger relief in our community.  More than $33,000 has been raised through book sales and donations to area food shelves—enough provide more than 100,000 meals for hunger relief in Minnesota. This number of meals would feed the entire city of Rochester, Minnesota.

In 2016 we are proud to partner with The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to support the organization’s food shelf. The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center has been an institution in St. Paul’s Summit University area for more than three quarters of a century.

With your support, we’ll reach our goal in 2012! Here’s how: If you order one copy from this website, your total cost is $26.53. Of that amount, $20 (the full retail price) goes Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, $1.53 in sales tax goes to the State of Minnesota, and $5.00 covers postage and handling expenses. Note that orders from outside the State of Minnesota are not required to pay sales tax.

But don’t limit your purchase to a single copy! Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories is the perfect gift for the readers in your friendship and family circles. Plus this book is one of the rare gifts that gives twice. Remember that for every copy you buy, $20 – one hundred percent of our proceeds – goes to Neighborhood House to support hunger relief.