Walk On Waconia donated $6,607 to the Waconia United Food Shelf on July 9th. Walk On Waconia participants also donated 602 pounds of food to the food shelf on the day of the event. The Walk On Waconia is an annual 10 mile walk/run around Lake Waconia starting at St. Joseph Catholic School. The event takes place every April and also includes a 10 kilometer option for runners and walkers. This year’s event, the ninth annual, attracted an event record 470 participants. The Walk On Waconia is organized by St. Joseph Catholic Church with the support of Unhinged Pizza, Koch Bus, Mocha Monkey, Promise Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Oakwood Church, ParkSide Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Waconia Moravian Church, Waconia Fire Department, and Carver County Sheriff. Lakeview Clinic and Ridgeview Medical Center are major sponsors of the event.
Total individuals served: 957
Total households served: 333
Total pounds served: 21,197
Total pounds of donated food in April: 4818
Proceeds from Waconia Lions Beer sales at the HTB Block Party were donated to the Waconia Food Shelf. Holding a check for $700 is Todd Hann, Mike Orth, Matt Gassen, Jayne Gassen, Marty Cramer and Mary Beth Diethelm. This donation was matched by Open Your Heart for the Hungry and Homeless so it was stretched even further! Thanks Waconia Lions and HomeTown Bank!
On July 1, 2014— Waconia United Food Shelf and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fifth Annual $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will match donations to Waconia United Food Shelf during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds Waconia Food Shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. In 2013, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,000,000 with this grant and hope to raise even more this year.
The Waconia Food Shelf is currently in need of the following items:
Items for infant care: diapers of all sizes, wipes, cans of formula, baby food of any kind including cereal.
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.
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 summer. Other “kid friendly” items are also welcomed.
Watch our sign outside on the corner of Elm and Main for item requests.
The Waconia Food Shelf gratefully accepts local garden produce to share with their families. Here is how to do it:
- Call ahead to check the need and arrange a drop off time. We will need to weigh all produce donated.
- Make sure the items are relatively clean.
- Bundle produce for easy distribution if you would like. It helps us get them to the families sooner.
- If possible bring it in containers that can be left at the food shelf in the event we are busy with clients and need to put it in the walk-in cooler until we can work with it.
Thank you for helping provide healthy choices for our families!
Finally we are enjoying some lovely Minnesota summer temperatures! I hope you have your flower pots planted and your gardens in! Notice our lovely perennial border when you volunteer this month. Feel free to pull a weed or give them a drink if you think they need it.
June will find us handing out the lunch bags to the families with school age children; K-12. Families receiving them will need to have that documented on their cards. They may receive them once a month, the same as last year.
Also, in June we will be closed on Saturday the 7th. It is the Lola’s Half Marathon Run. They leave from the city park and it makes parking for volunteers and clients difficult at best. Much like Nickle Dickle Day. We have posted signs to let our clients know to plan ahead and we regret the inconvenience to our clients. This situation has been brought to the event heads attention and we are hoping they may change the route for next year.
Have a lovely June, it goes by too fast!
Excerpt from 1/24/2013 SunPatriot.
Marty Cramer of Waconia, the recipient of the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club’s 2013 Service Above Self Award, stands with club president Ron Seib. There are some people who live for service, who cannot imagine what their life would be if they did not look after the needs of others. Marty Cramer, the recipient of the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club’s 2013 Service Above Self Award, is one such person. Cramer’s work career started as a speech clinician. Next she earned her early childhood special education degree and then became the Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education Services for the Carver Scott Educational Cooperative. Her career was a busy one and, after retirement, she found herself in a predicament. She needed something to do. More importantly, she needed something to do that she felt was meaningful and would service to the community. She became involved in the Stephen Ministry program at her church prior to her retirement. As she notes, the training for that program is valuable for any program dealing with people in crisis. She also became involved as a volunteer crisis counselor for the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. Then, after she retired, her church asked her to be liaison from Faith Lutheran church to the Waconia United Food Shelf board. Shortly after she began doing that, she was asked to be a coordinator and then last year, the Board asked her to take over the directorship. However, Cramer said, “I call it lead coordinator, because I work collaboratively with the other coordinators. Everyone’s work is important.” Becoming involved in this organization was a comfortable transition for Cramer because the emphasis was on service, something in which she deeply believes. “In my work life, communication was the key and the same is true here — with clients, donors and the community,” she said. The Waconia United Food Shelf will celebrate its 10 year anniversary this year and Cramer is very proud to be a part of this service to the community. “I find this service so rewarding,” she said. “You always feel you are helping someone through a hard time.“ READ MORE
Spring is in the air! Finally some warm days and green grass!
As we enter May we will be putting together the food items that we will be putting in the bags for the Summer Lunch Program. These are the bags of food that will go to families with school age children, once a month, beginning in June. The children may range in age from kindergarten through twelfth grade. You will notice signs in the storage area saying, “Save for Summer Lunch Program”. Please don’t stock from these pallets. The bags will be given out June through August. There is a group from Oakwood Church who will be packing the bags for us.
We are currently looking for a few drivers who can pick up bread for us for the summer. We need someone for Monday and Thursday to pick up the donated bead from Mackenthun’s. It can be one person doing both or one person each day. It could also be a team of people who trade off weeks. We are open! Please talk to any of the Coordinators if you know someone who may be able to do this until October.
The food shelf will be closed on Monday, May 26th, for Memorial Day.
One reminder about working your shift…please come at least ten minutes earlier than the opening time for your day. It makes the person in charge really nervous if it is approaching opening time and there are no volunteers on deck! We need time to go over the items for the day with you. Thanks much! We gave out fewer hams and Easter Baskets this year than in the past few years. We have noticed our number of clients down a bit and we are hoping it means people are finding meaningful work that will support their family.
Have a good month!
Total individuals served: 1061
Total households served: 373
Total pounds served: 21,322
Total pounds of donated food in April: 4818
Regular Service (1st visit this month):
Children 0-17: 297
Seniors 65+: 37
Extra Service (2nd visit this month):
Children 0-17: 87
Seniors 65+: 14