Feeding the Hungry

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 alone the number of people visiting food shelves grew by 28 percent, a trend that has continued. Estimates indicate that 52 percent of individuals visiting a food shelf have jobs, but are unable to afford to buy groceries.

This year (2019), author Roger Barr is proud to partner with The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center for the fifth consecutive year to support the organization’s food shelf. This year, Hallie Q. Brown Community is celebrating its 90th year of service.  Its food shelf is observing its 45th year of continuous operation.   In 2018, the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Food Shelf, distributed 864,000 pounds—232 tons—of healthy and nutritious food to people in need.

Our Goal

The goal in the publication and sale of Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories and The Christmas Promise is to support hunger relief in our community.  More than $50,000 has been raised through book sales and donations to area food shelves

With publication of The Christmas Promise, we hope to raise another $50,000 to support Hallie’s food shelf. Here’s how: when you order books from this website, all of the retail price—100 percent—goes to the food shelf. Postage and handling will be extra, noted on the order form.