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Turn up the Heat on Hunger!
It’s time for the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge! Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions are challenging communities to turn up the heat on hunger in July. All donations received in July will get a partial match through the Campaign. Summer is a time of high usage. With children home from school, food budgets are stressed. In July of 2017, 954 Beltrami County households visited the food shelf. We need your help in order to help them. Please make a donation in July to help us to meet our summer food budget.

Mission Statement
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.

Organization history
The Bemidji Food Shelf (BCFS) is a nonprofit (IRS Reg. 501c3) organization founded during the summer of 1982. Realizing that the need for food was greater than any one church could handle, a group of twelve churches joined hands. The food shelf now has 17 member churches and serves approximately 3,000 families at a large facility in the Industrial Park, distributing over 700,000 pounds of food per year. We purchase just over half our food, and partner with area stores for donations for the remainder. We have a full time director and four part-time staff, and over 700 volunteers from the community.

BCFS in the news:

PRX Northern Community Radio

Lakeland PBS Insight

KBXE Morning Show

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month.  Everyone is welcome.  Call BCFS at 218-444-6580 for more information.

Executive Board and Advisory Committee
The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator meets monthly with the Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, please contact Mary at BCFS, 218-444-6580.

Need a Speaker?
A member of the BCFS Executive Board will attend a meeting at your church, organization, business or club to provide useful information and answer any questions you might have about the Food Shelf. Just call (218) 444-6580 or email (bcfs@paulbunyan.net) to arrange a time.