Joyce Uptown Food Shelf in need of donations

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, which has served people in need in southwest Minneapolis for four decades, is in need of donations as it is anticipating a big spike in demand as cuts to Food Stamp benefits go into effect.

In 2012, the food shelf served 266,900 pounds of food to 13,000 people. Its service area is southwest neighborhoods bound by 25th Street, the Crosstown, France and Lyndale avenues.

“The community’s largely upscale curb appeal can be misleading,” said Becky Spence, the food shelf’s director. “You may be comfortable living in the neighborhood, but you don’t know if your neighbor is going to the food shelf.”

More than half of the food shelf’s clients are employed. “They’re just not making enough,” Spence said.

The food shelf is at 3041 Fremont Ave. S. To donate or inquiry about volunteering contact Spence at 825-4431 or joyce@visi.com.

The Southwest Journal has also partnered with the food shelf with the Fight Hunger campaign. To date, more than $2,000 has been raised. Learn more at www.southwestjournal.com/fight-hunger