In the heart of Minnesota, Koochiching County Food Access (KCFA) stands as a beacon of hope for those grappling with food insecurity. The organization is dedicated to addressing the rural food crisis in Koochiching County with dignity and compassion. As the primary organization working to end food insecurity and hunger in the area, KCFA provides food, free of cost, to anyone struggling to meet their food needs.
"KCFA believes all people in our community should have reliable access to affordable food with as few barriers as possible," the organization states on its website. This belief is particularly crucial as grocery prices continue to soar, making it increasingly difficult for many households to afford basic food items.
One shopper from Big Falls, MN, shared their experience with KCFA, saying, "There was a time when a food shelf center was a place to volunteer for many of us, but times have changed. The prices of food are shocking and so I have come to the food shelf as a first step and then going to the grocery store afterwards. I always experience kindness and dignity without questions and I appreciate that. I love all the choices that are offered for whatever your needs are. I’m so grateful and don’t know what I would do without you. Thank you so very much!”
Koochiching County is characterized by high rates of food insecurity, defined by the USDA as “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.” This insecurity is conditioned by factors common to many rural areas of Minnesota: systemic poverty, low population density, an aging population, large geographic area, and fewer community resources. KCFA works to address these intertwined issues through four core program areas: Food Shelf Program, School Pantry Program, Food Distribution, and Transportation Program.
KCFA's vital services are made possible through the support of the community. From financial support to food donations to volunteer time, the organization relies on community partnerships to help continue fulfilling its vision of a food-secure Koochiching County.
For more information about KCFA and how to get involved, visit their website at https://kcfoodaccess.org/. You can learn more about their Food Shelf Program, how to make your First Food Shelf Visit, or how to Donate to support their mission.
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