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Volunteers make charity happen

On Jan. 31, the Pine River-Backus Family Center held a meeting for Pine River Area Food Shelf volunteers who work with the computer. Fifteen volunteers attended because they want to serve our clients with the maximum efficiency.

Jodi, our food shelf coordinator, started the meeting by saying the most important part of our job is welcoming the clients with a smile, kindness and respect. Privacy is of the utmost importance in dealing with the clients at the food shelf and whenever we see them in public.

It is truly amazing how many hours our volunteers have devoted to carrying out our mission to feed the hungry. Last year, volunteers worked 2,789 hours. This demonstrates our community's commitment to supporting the food shelf.

Add to this the 35,691 pounds of food donated from area businesses and the public and you can see how committed everyone is to the success of this program. Add to this that we received $57,382.78 in cash donations with the majority coming from private individuals and community groups.

The food shelf is fueled by our community's commitment to our success. We are so appreciative of every dollar and can of soup we receive. We could not have served the 4,608 people we saw in 2017 without your help. Many are repeat clients who need help more than one time because the need continues.

You saw the need and acted to support our program with volunteers' hours, donated food, donated cash and, especially, your positive attitude to making this community a better place to live for everyone.

Do you know someone who could use our help? Maybe a senior struggling? Send them our way. Drop by for a cup of Joe. Call 587-4292 for more information. Thank you all for your support.