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.

Food Shelf Board

  • Jeff Jeske (Chair)
  • Cole Buttenhoff (Co-Treasurer)
  • Chuck Bies (Co-Treasurer)
  • Molly Henke (Secretary)
  • Kristen Gyolai
  • Todd Watson
  • Paul Turek
  • John Braland
  • Ann Fuller
  • Kristina Foudray

Executive Director

  • Angie Cruzen

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.

 At the food shelf


The Waconia United Food Shelf is: “A community organization providing food and supportive services to residents of Independent School District 110, Victoria and Cologne.”