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Emily Food Shelf participates in 'Fishing for Food and Funds' event

Emily Food Shelf volunteers Marge Fleming and John Ryder assist the “Fishing for Food and Funds” fundraiser at Lake Country Foods grocery store in Emily. Several other food shelf volunteers participated in the event.Submitted Photo1 / 2
Food donations fill a boat at Lake Country Foods in Emily as part of the recent Fishing for Food and Funds campaign for food shelves.Submitted Photo2 / 2

The Emily Emergency Food Shelf recently participated in the "Fishing For Food and Funds" event, sponsored by local Food Shelf Coalition in partnership with Crow Wing Energized Services and the University of Minnesota Extension.

This was a first collaboration event aimed to collect healthy foods for local shelves in central Minnesota.

Joanne Vermilyea was chairperson for the Emily area fundraising event, which raised $511.47 in donations. Other volunteers were Kathy Healy, Grace Werner, Lynn Olson, Bonnie Sass, John Ryder, Marge Fleming, Fran Schreier and Marlene Brannan.

For every dollar donated, the food shelf is able to provide five meals for those in need. This adds up to over 2,557 meals just from the monetary donations

An additional 221.4 pounds of healthy foods were collected, which went back to the Emily Food Shelf for distribution.

The Emily Emergency Food Shelf had its collection boat and volunteers at the Lake Country Foods grocery store in Emily. The group plans another event the week before Thanksgiving, when fishing boats will be replaced with wheeled ice fishing houses.

Another opportunity to assist the Emily Food shelf is by participating in the Open Your Heart July Challenge. Monetary donations may be left at the Pine River Bank, Emily Branch, or mail a check made out to the Emily Food Shelf to 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447.