A store that donates meals to the hungry is opening in the Twin Cities

It's the second store in Minnesota.
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Now when you're shopping, it'll be even easier to help someone in need. 

BoxLunch, a novelty shop, is opening in Minnetonka next week. 

The chain of stores sells gifts, clothes, pet supplies, bags and accessories, featuring licensed pop culture-themes like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, to name just a few. 

And for every $10 spent in the store or online, BoxLunch donates a healthy meal to a person in need through its partnership with Feeding America.

“We are thrilled to bring BoxLunch to the Minnetonka community. Our mission is simple, sell the best product and use our business to inspire and implement solutions to help fight the hunger crisis on both a local and national level,” Robert Thomsen of BoxLunch said in an email news release. 

The store will open Aug. 9 at Ridgedale Mall, with a grand opening scheduled for Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. 

There are more than 60 BoxLunch stores nationwide, but this will be the second location in Minnesota. The other one is at Mall of America

Nancy Curby of Feeding America says having BoxLunch be a brick-and-mortar store is a way for people to "be exposed to hunger relief and offer a means for their customers to easily give back." 

Sales with BoxLunch have already translated to 7 million meals for hungry families in the U.S., Curby notes. 

Food insecurity in Minnesota

Food insecurity, according to the USDA, is not having access to enough foods to live an active and healthy lifestyle, and having limited or uncertain availability of food that's good for you.

And this exists in almost every community in the United States.

Feeding America says one in seven Americans struggle to get enough food to eat. In Minnesota, about one in 10 households are affected by hunger.

This map by Feeding America lets you explore food insecurity rates by county, or sift through the data in this table.

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