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Annual food shelf report: needs continue to grow

To the Editor:
The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf completed its annual usage report for 2016 and the distribution of food at the Glencoe and Hutchinson sites totaled 537,366 pounds. The number served was 5,101 individuals in McLeod County, or about 14.6 percent of the county population.
Again this year, the number of people in the age group of 65 and over showed the largest increase of people using the food shelf, up 6 percent more than last year.
We hope that you will support the food shelf generously with food and money through out the year to help us continue to feed the hungry. According to the Charities Review Council, we use 96.7 percent of all donations to provide food distribution to the hungry, while only 3.3 percent is used for administration.
And if you see any of our great volunteers, please be sure to thank them for their 7,597 volunteer hours donated in 2016!  Thank you for your continued support of feeding the hungry.
Lloyd Graupmann
Secretary of the McLeod
Emergency Food Shelf Board of Directors