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Pillager Fair partners with Family Center


PILLAGER — Pillager Family Center officials announced the Pillager Fair Board is partnering with them to raise awareness regarding the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Food Shelf Challenge.  


For each monetary or food item donation made, donors will receive a 50 cents or $1 off coupon for a beverage or food at the Pillager Fair Board concession stand. The Family Center will have a drop-off location within the Commercial Building on the Pillager Fair Grounds. Information regarding services provided by the Pillager Family Center will also be displayed.  

“We were very pleased when the Pillager Fair Board reached out to us asking how they could help reach our goal of raising $2,000 in the month of July,” said Pillager Family Center Program Director Betty Doss, in a news release. “Our participation in the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Food Shelf Challenge provides an opportunity for all monetary funds to be matched.”  

Funds raised throughout this campaign will allow the Pillager Area Food Shelf to stretch donations received. Purchasing food from their food bank, the Pillager Area Food Shelf is able to purchase food at pennies on the pound. For example a $55 donation will purchase 450  pounds of food from Second Harvest Food Bank and feeds three families of three for six days. Doss concluded stating: “Working with the Pillager Fair Board to reach our community is a great partnership and an example of just how caring our community is.” 

For more information on the Pillager Family Center contact Doss at 746-4009 or via email at

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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