Local food shelves receive over $440,000 from Charity Challenge

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The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation came together and raised a record $442,679. These funds will provide much needed support for Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and St. Joseph food shelves.

“Food shelves are such an important piece to helping members of our community have their basic needs met, “ said CMCF President Steve Joul in a press release.

The Skalicky Foundation initiated a community challenge just before Thanksgiving to match every dollar donated up to $100,000. The foundation maxed out the match, and $100,000 was donated from The Skalicky Foundation.

The Charity Challenge also passed a major milestone this year by cumulatively having raised over $2.2 million for local food shelves since it began in 2001.

CEO of Stearns Bank Norman Skalicky said in a press release, “We are so humbled by the generosity we have seen over the past 15 years of annual Charity Challenges. Together, with the help of the community, we can make a big difference in our community and families in need.”

This article was contributed by Taylor Moretter, the advertising manager at the University Chronicle.