Pine River Area Food Shelf thrives on generosity

Times of inflation increase cost of food.


The Pine River Area Food Shelf has been generously supported by many groups and individuals during our March food drive.

We really appreciate your thinking about your neighbors in need. March is the month we build our funding for stocking the shelves throughout the year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated!

We are entering another inflation period, which is reflected in the grocery stores' increase in prices - especially for fresh produce. Our value is to continue to have available fresh fruits and veggies for neighbors to feed their families healthy meals.

I’m shellshocked when I go to the grocery store and want to just pick up a bunch of bananas. When I see three digits $X.XX on prices per pound or per item in fresh produce, I don’t know how many people can afford these items.

This is why we are here to serve you. We welcome you to come in and supplement your food needs by visiting our food shelf.


Our food shelf coordinator, Jodi Perry, is retiring and our office manager, LuAnn Gravelle, will be coordinating the food shelf. Our neighbors in need will remain our chief focal point and we are working on alternative methods to provide fresh produce.

We’ve learned that fresh produce and healthy choices make a real difference in the physical and mental health of families. We want you to "Eat Well and Be Well." Recipes are also available to help people use the produce in a manner that will be pleasing to the palate.

If you can donate to the Pine River Area Food Shelf, please mail a check to P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56474. If you have groceries to donate, drop them off at the family center at 245 Barclay Ave., Pine River, during business hours.

Questions? Please call us at 218-587-4292.

Kathleen Stephan is a volunteer at the Pine River-Backus Family Center.

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