Thank you, Pine River Area Food Shelf donors

Pine River Area Food Shelf becoming super shelf


March was Minnesota FoodShare month. The Pine River Area Food Shelf received numerous donations from businesses and private donors in our community.

If you sent a check for any amount, we thank you. If you put change in one of our numerous jars in the community, we thank you.

Pequot Tool & Manufacturing sent a generous donation of $7,500 as did the Backus American Legion. The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $3,000 and the Ideal Community Service Organization sent a generous check for $1,000.

Kudos and thanks go out to everyone for thinking of their neighbors who are hungry.

The Pine River Area Food Shelf is going through a transition to a SuperShelf. The clients are able to shop for exactly what their family’s choices would be in an atmosphere similar to a regular grocery store - without the cash register!


Because of the compassion and care the community has shown with donations, we are able to offer a good variety of meats, dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables.

Our goal is to have healthy choices for people to serve their families. Healthy food makes a dramatic impact on children’s ability to learn along with seniors' and adults’ medical health care. Food is our fuel for our bodies so it is important to eat "premium" level food groups to sustain the maximum results.

A balanced diet should be everyone’s goal when planning meals for the day.

Our area is still considered a “food desert." This is determined by the income level and lack of access to fresh produce. Many people are still struggling with finding gainful (financially) employment in our area. Making minimum wages isn’t sufficient to provide for a normal family’s regular expenses.

The Pine River Area Food Shelf is open to all and the need is determined by yourself.

Kathleen Stephan is a volunteer at the Pine River-Backus Family Center and Pine River Area Food Shelf.

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