The Waconia Food Shelf is currently in need of the following items:
Cold weather items: soups, stews, chili, hot cereal, cocoa, tea, and coffee. Personal care items such as toothbrushes (single pack, please, we cannot break a multiple pack apart), toothpaste, deodorant (men’s and woman’s), bar soap, shampoo, and women’s personal items such as tampax. Many of our clients are pursuing finding work and personal hygiene care is critical.
Holiday Food Items
We are collecting traditional and specialty food items for the holidays that can be easily stored: boxed potato flakes, gravy packets, boxed stuffing, jello, evaporated milk, chicken broth, vegetable broth, canned vegetables and canned cranberry.
Hearty soups that can be added to rice or noodles to make a meal are needed. Canned meals that children like such as Beef Ravioli are needed for the winter. Other “kid friendly” items are also welcomed.
Watch our sign outside on the corner of Elm and Main for item requests.
In November we served 301 households or 873 individuals, distributing 26,052 pounds of food.
In December we served 241 households or 657 individuals and distributed 19,503 pounds of food.
On October 1, 2015, the Waconia Food Shelf announced it had become an independent non-profit organization after being under the umbrella of Scott Carver Dakota Cap Agency for the past 12 years. We received our federal approval in February, but waited until our new fiscal year beginning October 1st to make the transition.
Our ability to be independent is due to the community that so generously supports the Waconia Food Shelf. We are now able to access funding that was not available to us previously.
Monetary donations ensure we are able to purchase a variety of healthy food choices for the families we serve. In addition, we purchase from vendors who enable us to stretch dollars further than purchasing items at retail price.
We can now accept electronic donations via PayPal. (You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate. Just use the button below.) We also now offer direct deposit for our donors. Please contact the food shelf to get further information regarding this option.
The Waconia Food Shelf will be closed from Wednesday, December 23rd through Sunday, December 27th. We will be open Monday, December 28th as usual.
Please plan ahead and have a wonderful holiday season!
In September we served 214 households or 612 individuals, distributing 18,672 pounds of food.
In October we served 227 households or 638 individuals and distributed 18,307 pounds of food.
We are officially into the fall season now. We will see the donations of apples, squash and pumpkins rather than cucumbers and tomatoes! We have had an awesome amount of fresh produce donated this year. The clients love it! Thanks to anyone who donated “extra’s” from their garden!
We have exciting news from the food shelf! Beginning October 1st we will be an independent non-profit organization. We will be transitioning from being under the CAP Agency umbrella to being our own entity. They have been a great partner for the past 12 years but we are now able to run our own agency thanks to the support of our great community! There will not be a noticeable change in operations, only on the business end.
We had the carpet cleaned over the NIckle Dickle Day weekend since we were not open that Saturday. Please, there is a container of spot remover under the sink, if there is a spill or you notice a spot, treat it. We only have the carpet cleaned once a year, and it helps if we stay on top of it.
On a sad note, one of our long-time volunteers, Joe Koppi, has passed away. Joe volunteered on Monday mornings and was the coffee maker and manned the welcome desk. We will miss seeing him at the food shelf.
For our Friday volunteers, we have said good by to Jayne Gassen as a co-coordinator. She promises she will come back to volunteer now and then. We will miss her smile and her energy! Marit will continue to be the Friday coordinator as we explore options to support her.
October is a more quiet month with no special handouts, except for the raffle winners.
Enjoy the lovely fall days! Here is a thought for you! “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” ~Deanne Hollis
Thank you all for your commitment!
Total individuals served: 700
Total families served: 241
Total pounds of food distributed: 21,452
Total individuals served: 597
Total families served: 220
Total pounds of food distributed: 16,959
We currently need soup; hearty soups, cream soups, chili, stew and chowders. We would love some crackers; saltines, soup crackers and any kind of snack crackers. We also need mayo, mustard and salad dressings of any variety (everybody loves Ranch!).