The New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf reports that families and individuals coming for food aid remained high throughout March when 223 families were served. That total is just under the record 239 families in January. The month of April started out at an even higher pace with 58 families coming to the New Ulm Food Shelf on Monday for food assistance. This is the most ever in one day at the food shelf. March ended with no meat in any of the freezers. A large purchase from Second Harvest Heartland plus donations from the New Ulm Wal-Mart and Cash Wise stores made meat available for the Monday client families. Cash donations are used to purchase needed foods from Second Harvest and from local stores. The Minnesota Food Share March giving period runs through this week. All donations of food and money during this drive qualify for a partial matching grant.