The Waconia Food Shelf is committed to serving our families in a pleasant, dignified environment. We make an effort to provide a variety of foods from which our families can choose, to promote healthy eating. While our main mission is providing food, we also provide information on a variety of resources available in our state and county that might be helpful to those we serve.
Our heartfelt mission is to provide fresh food, high-quality groceries and supportive services to our great community
We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food and connection to every available resource.
- We value the dignity of every person we have the honor of serving.
- We value empowering people so they thrive.
- We value our diverse volunteers and their commitment to the community.
- We value addressing the root causes of hunger and advocating for social justice and the common good.
- We value best practices in order to continuously improve our services to our clients and communities.
- We value wise stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
Food Shelf Board of Directors
2020-21 board officers and members
Jeff Jeske (Chair) – Director of Technology – ISD 110
John Braland(Vice Chair) – Lead Pastor Freshwater Community Church
Cole Buttenhoff (Co-Treasurer) – Community Leader
Chuck Bies (Co-Treasurer) – Community Leader
Molly Henke (Secretary) – Thrivent Insurance Agency Operations Relationship Manager at Thrivent Financial
Todd Watson – President at T.R. Watson Company, LLC
Paul Turek – Principal / Owner Turek Consulting, LLC
Ann Fuller – HCBC Department – Senior Services Supervisor, Carver County Health and Human Services
Kristina Foudray – Attorney at Seager, Tufte, & Wickhem
Kristy Barrieau – AVP, Loan Officer at Hometown Bank
Waconia Food Shelf History
The Waconia Food Shelf came into being after a local business woman saw the need and began distributing food from her business location. It soon became apparent the need was more than what she could meet on a personal basis. Local churches were contacted through the ministerium and they began the search for a location and resources to set up a local food shelf. After securing the space by renting from St. Joseph’s Church with financial help from the churches for rent, obtaining shelves and a freezer as a donation from Mackenthun’s as they moved their store to the highway location, and many volunteers to ready the space and train volunteers, the shelf opened in July of 2003.
The Waconia Food Shelf is operated in part by over 100 volunteers including board members, volunteer coordinators, site workers, and delivery persons. Currently, we assist clients living in the communities of Waconia, New Germany, Victoria, Cologne and St. Bonifacius.
This would not be possible without the generosity of businesses, churches, schools, civic and sport organizations, and many personal contributions of food and money for which we are very appreciative. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or donating. Email us or call the food shelf line at (952) 442-3878.