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GATHER AND GROW IS COMMITTED TO SERVING

Gather and Grow 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.

Packing food boxes

Mission

Our heartfelt mission is to provide fresh food, high-quality groceries and supportive services to our great community

Vision

We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food and connection to every available resource.

Values

  • 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.

 

LEADERSHIP

Angie Cruzen Food Shelf Executive Director of Gather and Grow Waconia Food Shelf and and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist at Gather & Grow

Angie Cruzen

Executive Director 
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Ashley Urbaniak Gather and Grow Operations Coordinator

Ashley Urbaniak

Operations Coordinator
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FOOD SHELF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2021-22 Board Officers and Members

John Braland(Chair) – Lead Pastor Freshwater Community Church

Jessica Miller Vice Chair – Public Health Professional | Communication Strategist | Health Policy Analyst | Program Manager

Chuck Bies (Co-Treasurer) – Community Leader

Jayme Miller (Co-Treasurer)

Pat Schaffran (Co-Treasurer)

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

Pete Leo – Council Member – City of Waconia

Bill Ryan – Assistant Vice President, Human Resources at Allianz Life Insurance Company

FOOD SHELF HISTORY

The Waconia Food Shelf came into being after a local businesswoman saw the need and began distributing food from her business location. However, it soon became apparent that the demand was more than she could meet personally.

Local churches helped locate a place 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, the new organization obtained shelves and a freezer as a donation from Mackenthun’s. Many people pulled together to ready the space and train volunteers. The Food Shelf opened in July of 2003. 

The Waconia Food Shelf is operated 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.

The Food Shelf would not be possible without the generosity of businesses, churches, schools, civic and sports organizations, and many personal contributions of food and money for which we are very appreciative. 

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