This financial aid boosts hunger awareness and assists food shelves in generating extra funds during the summer’s slower donation periods, enabling them to sustain their support for the local communities.

The persistent economic difficulties brought on by the pandemic and rising inflation have led to a continued dependence on food shelves for many households to fulfill their nutritional requirements. In 2023, the need for resources from food shelves surged significantly as further aid programs came to an end and food costs climbed. Consequently, food shelves are increasingly counting on the assistance from organizations like Open Your Heart to aid individuals facing hunger challenges.

The Challenge Grant presents a matching fund opportunity for food shelves, allowing them to maximize their local fundraising efforts in July. The distribution of funds from this grant is based on the total funds raised by each participating food shelf in July and the number of food shelves involved, with grants ranging from a minimum of $150 to a maximum of $4,000.

In the previous year, 117 food shelves across Minnesota took advantage of this grant, collectively raising more than $2.9 million in local contributions. The financial support from Open Your Heart has yielded an almost 20-times return on investment for the local food shelves.

The 2024 Open Your Heart Summer Challenge runs from July 01 – 31

Food Shelf Registration is now OPEN!

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 Get Involved!

  • Partner with Open Your Heart this July by donating to and increasing our $100,000 matching incentive.
  • Sponsor a participating Food Shelf in your area by promoting their Summer Challenge Fundraiser and/or holding a food drive for them.
  • Contact Jessica Mathias at [email protected] for more information and to get involved.


2024 Participating Food Shelves

To donate to a participating food shelf in your area, visit their website directly.