The Minnesota FoodShare March campaign is gearing up and Hastings Mayor Mary Fasbender proclaimed a city-wide food fight. Hundreds of food shelves across Minnesota depend on this effort to help meet hunger needs in their communities. Hastings Family Service is among the food shelves that benefits from the month-long campaign.

HFS will accept gifts of money and food from Feb. 25 to April 7. Gifts will be matched proportionately by MN FoodShare. Historically, March has been identified by food shelves and other hunger relief workers as a critical time of year. Donations are typically way down following the holidays and hunger remains persistent.

HFS is encouraging people to make a difference by joining a city-wide food fight to maximize the matching dollars for MN FoodShare. A list of food fight ideas is available at www.hastingsfamilyservice.org and you are encouraged to register your event or food fight project on the website.

"By registering, Hastings Family Service can help promote what you are doing and share your ideas with others," said HFS Associate Director Amy Sutton. "Everyone can get involved, have some fun, and collectively make a big impact on hunger in our community."

Another way to help is to attend the 24th annual Hastings Tastings event on March 25. A $35 ticket can feed a family of five for a week. Tickets are available at the HFS Donation Center, Coborn's, Cub Foods, the Hastings YMCA or online at www.hastingsfamilyservice.org. Items for the silent auction are also welcome and can be dropped off at the HFS Donation Center.