Jerry Baudoin wants Chatfield to get sloppy in the park for the food shelf.

"We're going to have a fundraiser picnic in City Park for the area food shelves," said Baudoin, Chatfield American Legion commander, "and it's put on by the Legion and the Ladies' Auxiliary. We'll have sloppy joes, beans, bars, potato chips and beverages, and it's because we just thought of the food shelf and how they're always looking for extra money, so we wanted to have an activity in the park to help."

The Chatfield American Legion's food shelf fundraiser picnic is slated for Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chatfield's city park. Cost is $6 per person.

While most events to benefit local food shelves are often held during the fall and winter holidays, the Legion and Auxiliary are right on the mark - hunger happens year-round.

The Minnesota Food Share website relates, "In 2012, more than 8,500 people per day used a food shelf in Minnesota. More than 554,000 Minnesotans in 2012 received federal food assistance - one out of every 10 people in the state. A third was children. Another quarter was elderly or disabled adults. The total is more than the combined populations of Minneapolis, Rochester and Apple Valley."

It went on, "The number of Minnesota children eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased 150 percent since December 2006, making children the fastest growing population of SNAP participants in the state."

The site also noted the people who use the food shelves' services are not simply enjoying a day at home every day. "Out of families with children suffering from food insecurity and hunger in the United States in 2012, 68 percent contained at least one adult working full-time, 10 percent had at least one adult working part-time, seven percent had an unemployed adult actively looking for work, and seven percent were headed by an adult with a disability."

Baudoin hopes the picnic is well attended and that neighbors who join the Legion for dinner have a good time dining on sloppy joes to help those whose summertime pantries are a little spare.

"We hope everybody comes to the park...it'll be fun because everybody wants to help out the food shelf and anyone who's broke or hungry," he concluded.