Food shelf relies on community support
Mark 25: 37-40 "... Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? ... And the King will tell them, 'I assure you, when you did this for the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'"...
Mark 25: 37-40 "... Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? ... And the King will tell them, 'I assure you, when you did this for the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'"
It feels like Thanksgiving Day here at the Pine River Area Food Shelf. We are so thankful for the generous donations and compassionate support shown us during the March food shelf drive. It is impossible to adequately express the depth of our gratefulness that you do care about our mission to feed the hungry in our communities.
Our support came from individuals/families in our communities, service clubs, summer residents, churches, schools, business partners, townships and even some people we serve. Our goal was $35,000 and we received just under $33,000.
True citizenship is shown in our small towns. Each person feels his loyalty to our towns and demonstrates his support with compassionate care of those less fortunate. We teach our kids to "give back" and challenge them to make a difference - great basic building blocks for a good citizen. I love living in a small town!
The Pine River Area Food Shelf is focused on trying to bring healthy choices to our clients. It is very difficult with the cost of meat and lack of access to fresh produce to meet all our goals. And if you can't afford food, you are also needing toiletries (toothbrushes, soap, shampoo), laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.
The extra food items you donate that aren't on our basic food list are also a treat for the clients. Supervalu in Pequot Lakes, Family Market in Pine River and the Pine River Bakery have very generously stocked our shelves each week with breads and snack items.
When you're laying out your family garden this spring, we would appreciate it if you would plant a couple rows for the food shelf. A gardening committee is being formed to maintain our garden plots at the Community Garden. This is a unique volunteer activity for the garden enthusiasts.
Contact Karen at the Pine River-Backus Family Center 218-587-4292 to sign up.
As an old Dutch saying goes, "Many hands make light the work." We are looking for more volunteers for our food shelf and our tamale making team for the family center. Please call Karen at the above number if you are interested.