Letter: There are many ways to help SV Food Shelf throughout 2020

For the Spring Valley Food Shelf, this year is beginning much as 2019 year ended for food needs of shoppers. In January, a total of 70 households received food for a total of 4,092 lbs. Each household is allowed only one visit per month to supplement food supplies. There are 32 people who volunteer on a regular basis, which allows the food shelf to operate.

It might be remembered that at the beginning of this past November the shelves at the food shelf were almost empty. Businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up to provide large donations of food and cash to fill the shelves and meet the needs of the rent for the building and purchase of food from Channel 1 with additional food and supply items purchased locally.

It cannot be anticipated that such generous donations will be given every month or two. But, there are ways to contribute in an on-going way on a smaller level, which is also vital for the food shelf. Two businesses should be noted for service in this way. Spring Valley Kwik Trip has food shelf volunteers stopping twice a week to receive any donations available, often pastries or meat. Sunshine Foods provides a 10 percent discount for any food shelf items purchased at its store. In December, Sunshine held a fund-raiser in which paper bag donations were available and individuals took advantage to contribute a total of $1,235, a small donation for each but a very generous amount to the food shelf.

As the days of 2020 quickly pass, it is good to daily be mindful of ways each can make our community a better place. Putting a can of soup or tuna in the box at the door of Sunshine or at your church, or giving a cash donation can be ways to help our local food shelf. Additional volunteers are also needed. If you have a couple hours of time per month to serve at the food shelf, please contact a board member or call 507-346-2206. The food shelf is open each Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and each Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The Spring Valley Food Shelf Board is most appreciative of your continued support.

Thank You,

Board members: Carol Gross, Rita Hartert, Annette Johnson, Linda Niemeyer, Steve Heusinkveld, Pastors Mark and Deanna Woodward, Sharon Jahn, bookkeeper Geraldine Williams