On February 28, Hastings Family Service kicked off their “Drive Out Hunger” food drive that ran until April 10. During this time, many events were held to gather donations by area businesses, groups and churches, including Hastings Tastings. In just under six weeks, 15,500 pounds of food and $154,407 was raised for HFS to help feed families in Hastings.
15,500 pounds of food and $154,407 is an incredible feat to accomplish in such a short time. Adding to the excitement is this years drive being dedicated to Mary Kocak and all that she has done to provide access to quality food for every neighbor in Hastings. Kocak is being honored because she retired on March 31 after 27 years of service.
The Drive Out Hunger campaign ran the same time as MN FoodShare campaign. MN FoodShare proportionately matched all funds raised during this time. The communities generosity ensures the nutritional needs of families in the Hastings area can be met over the summer when children are no longer eating at school and increased daycare expenses stretch the already tight budgets.
“It is impossible to mention the many people, churches, businesses, and groups that make a difference at HFS during MN FoodShare and all year long. It is an example of what a special place Hastings really is”, said Kelly Carter, Development & Community Relations Coordinator via a press release. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of this community and what a blessing it is to be part of a community where people take care of each other; where everyone steps up and gets involved in whatever way they can. Because of your efforts, many children, families, and seniors continue to have a place to turn for help and hope! Thank you!”
Donations are always needed and accepted at the Hastings Family Service location at 301 2nd St. East.