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'Café' lands grant

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The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to accept a $550 grant from the Diocese of Duluth and its Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Small Grant Fund.

Funding from this grant will be used towards food purchases for the “Community Café,” which is a joint project of the Falls Hunger Coalition and Backus.

According to its mission statement, the “Community Café;” is dedicated to reducing hunger and building a stronger community.

The “Community Café” serves free nutritious meals each Tuesday and Thursday, and is open to anyone in the International Falls area who is experiencing food insecurity.

The “Community Café” began in December, 2012 and has served more than 34,200 meals to guests of all ages in the community.

On average, 60 meals are served at each “Café,” with one-third of those meals feeding children.

Food is the main expense for the “Café” at an estimated cost of $10,000 per year.

The “Café” helps serve a large need in the community and funding from grants such as the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant always are greatly appreciated.

Along with grants, the program has thrived thanks to the volunteers and financial support from the community.

The “Community Café” is one of three food access programs that are co-sponsored on-site by the Backus Community Center, along with numerous other programs and services that are available to community members.

The other two food access programs are the Summer Food Service Program, offering free lunch for kids, and Ruby's Pantry.

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