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March is MN Food Shelf Month

posted Mar 10, 2017, 2:49 PM by Myra Horner   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month.  This campaign was started in 1982 and provided churches and place of worship an opportunity to assist in restocking local food shelves.  Last year this campaign raised 7.9 million dollars and 5.2 million pounds of food, the most successful campaign in its 34 year history. 

There are several ways you can help our food shelf this month and possibly make history again with the amount of your donations:

1.  Make a donation to the Pillager Family Center either by donating on our Razoo page, mailing your donation to 305 W. Fir Avenue, Pillager, MN  56473, or stopping by the office Tuesday - Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.   
2.  Make a donation on the Second Harvest Heartland page.  This is the organization we purchase and order our food from to stock our food shelf. 
3.  Organize a "Pack the Pews" at your place of worship.  Pick a weekend and ask your fellow parishioners to bring in canned goods.  Donations can be dropped off at our Fir Avenue location.  Another alternative would be to have a special offering for the food shelf. 
4.  While we will definitely accept canned good donations, monetary assistance allows us the opportunity of assisting more people for less money.  Through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, this allows us to purchase items at a much lower price allowing us the ability to purchase more food items. 
5.  Pass the word.  Share the news with your family, friends, and community.  Make sure everyone knows that March is Minnesota Food Share Month!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alice at 218-746-4009 or Betty at 218-746-2185. 

Thank you in advance!!

Pillager Family Center & Pine River-Backus Family Center Directors Attend Early Childhood Forum

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:15 AM by Myra Horner

Recently Betty Doss, Director at the Pillager Family Center, and Leslie Bouchinville, Director of the Pine River-Backus Family Center, attended an Early Childhood forum in St. Paul where Leslie sat on a panel to discuss Early Childhood and the importance of reaching out to our families, especially with children under the age of three.  The video link is displayed below.  Thank you Betty and Leslie for representing our organizations.

Why is it so important to be in touch with your State Representatives?

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:09 AM by Myra Horner

Have you ever wondered why it is so important that you reach out to your State Representatives?  Do you feel as if they just won't care?  

This is a two minute or so video recorded on Children's Advocacy Day on the Hill on March 6, 2017, and Representative Daudt provides a wonderful insight as to why it is so important for us to be in touch with our representatives.


Myra Horner, Home Visitor testifies at State Capital

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:00 AM by Myra Horner   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

On March 6th, our Home Visitor, Myra J. Horner, was at the Minnesota Senate Building testifying before the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee. Senator Jerry Relph has authored a bill allowing funds to be distributed to non-profit targeted Home Visiting programs. This would be a huge benchmark for our program as it would guarantee permanent sustainable funding rather than the year to year grant researching we are currently doing for funding support.

If you would like to help our program, as well as many others throughout the state of Minnesota, contact your local Senator and ask for their support of SF 1607. Thank you Myra for your willingness to speak on behalf of our program!


                


New Family Center Hours Effective 02/01/2017

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:35 AM by Myra Horner


Effective February 1, 2017, the Family Center will implement new hours.  The hours will be:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
        Food Shelf - 12 - 5 p.m.
Friday - Closed

For any questions, please feel free to contact Alice at 218-746-4009. 

Thank you!

Home Visiting - A Great Resource for All

posted Dec 29, 2015, 8:35 AM by Myra Horner

This article is from the Willmar area, however, the program itself is very similar to our own Home Visiting Program here at the Family Center.  Home Visiting is a great resource for all mothers and families.  Hear what this young lady has to say about her experience.  Click here for the link. 

Inquisitive and bright, 2-year-old Carmen plays recently with a puzzle given to her by Lois Peters to celebrate the toddler’s birthday. Peters, a nurse with the Supporting hands Nurse-Family Partnership, has made more than 60 in-home visits with Carmen and her mom, Alexis Buehler, to provide guidance and support. The young family is the first to graduate from the partnership in Kandiyohi County. (CAROLYN LANGE | TRIBUNE )
Picture caption:  Inquisitive and bright, 2-year-old Carmen plays recently with a puzzle given to her by Lois Peters to celebrate the toddler’s birthday. Peters, a nurse with the Supporting hands Nurse-Family Partnership, has made more than 60 in-home visits with Carmen and her mom, Alexis Buehler, to provide guidance and support. The young family is the first to graduate from the partnership in Kandiyohi County. (CAROLYN LANGE | TRIBUNE )

Save the Date - March is MN FoodShare Month

posted Dec 28, 2015, 8:14 AM by Myra Horner

Mark your calendars and save the date - March is Minnesota Food Share Month.  Remember to support your local food shelf with food or monetary donations this month.  Minnesota FoodShare solicits donations from corporate sponsors who match the monetary donations our food shelf receives in the month of March. 

Fun family activity - at the end of the day put all your spare change into a jar.  When March rolls around, cash in your change jar and make a donation to the Food Shelf located at 305 W. Fir Avenue, Pillager (same building as City Hall). 

Families Needing Help With Christmas Gifts

posted Dec 9, 2015, 9:58 AM by Myra Horner

Does your family need help with purchasing Christmas gifts this year?  Help may be available for you.  Please contact Alice at 218-746-74009 by
Tuesday, December 15 to sign-up.  Gift pick-up will be on Friday, December 18th. 

Pillager Family Center Closed for the Holidays

posted Dec 9, 2015, 9:47 AM by Myra Horner

The Pillager Family Center will be closed beginning Monday, December 21st for the Holidays.  We will re-open on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. 

If you need emergency assistance during those two weeks, please contact Betty at 218-746-2185. 

Community Fun Day - Saturday, July 25

posted Jul 20, 2015, 11:04 AM by Myra Horner

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