We are participating in the annual MN Food Share during March. It is the largest grassroots food & fund drive in the state! We’d appreciate your support! DONATE HERE or mailing a check to our PO Box. Food Donations can be dropped off 24/7 in our outside donation carts.
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together community organizations, businesses, and individuals to fill food shelves statewide.
To date, nearly 300 million combined dollars and pounds of items have been donated to food shelves as part of the March Campaign, translating to more than one billion meals.
7705 clients served in 2020
2554 clients age 17 and under helped in 2020
196907 pounds of food distributed in 2020
WE’RE OPEN INSIDE AS OF OCTOBER 12, 2020
- 4 clients inside at a time
- 30-minute shopping limit
- Mask required
- No children under 16
- Social distancing enforced
- Must be healthy to shop
ALL ARE WELCOME!
| Inside Model Service |
Mondays 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:45 am
|Servicio de modelos internos|
Lunes 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Martes 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Jueves 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Sábado 9:00 am – 11:45 am
- No appointments necessary. Shelves will be stocked throughout shift to ensure great selection for all!
- Curbside option for prepacked bags of fresh produce, bread, dairy, and meats available
- Clients will need to wait in their cars until capacity limits allow them to come inside to shop.
The Waconia United Food Shelf board announces the retirement of long- time Executive Director, Marty Cramer effective September 30, 2020. Marty has served in various roles at the food shelf since 2003. She has enjoyed the many opportunities to make an impact on client’s lives over the years and the interactions with the numerous volunteers whom she is come to consider friends. She remains grateful for the business relationships she is built over the years and for the strong support of local businesses and organizations. She looks forward to joining her husband in retirement and hoping to travel more when it is safe again.
She leaves the food shelf in the hands of Angie Cruzen, the new Executive Director effective August 17, 2020. Angie has lived in the Waconia area for 13 years working in the banking industry and volunteering in various ways in the community. She is married and has two sons that attend Southview Elementary and Waconia Middle School. Her family belongs to Freshwater Church in Waconia. She also serves as the Director of Operations for the Waconia Basketball Association and was a general board member of the Waconia United Food Shelf for over two years. She brings years of servant leadership and volunteer experience to the food shelf where she is excited to help continue making a large impression on our clients and community.
We always accept monetary donations during client shifts, by mail, or on our Homepage. We continue to accept food donations during our client shifts and in our outside 24/7 donation carts. Please refrain from donating expired foods. Please call us at 442-3878 if you would like to learn more about donating these items.
Here is a list of items we are in need of that this time:
- Crackers (Saltines, Cheeze-Its, Triscuits, etc.)
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Pop Tarts
- All Condiments (Soy Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Mayo, etc.)
- Salad Dressings
- Taco Shells
- Enchilada Sauce
- Rotel Diced Tomatoes
- Baby Wipes
- Size 4, 5, and 6 diapers
- Hand soap
A Message to the Waconia Community
The Waconia United Food Shelf is monitoring the current COVID-19 situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue.
We are committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients. We are closely monitoring announcements from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and Second Harvest Heartland to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines. In addition, the Food Shelf is taking the following proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19:
- Making hand sanitizers available to staff, volunteers, and clients
- Increasing our sanitizing and cleaning schedule, wiping down handles, doorknobs, surfaces, and shopping carts, keyboards, toilets, light switches, etc.
- Social distancing accommodations in place to allow volunteers to perform their duties with reasonable distance. This may include limiting the number of clients in the Food Shelf at any one time.
- Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
- Advising people to avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
- Advising people to avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Advising staff and volunteers to stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals
Below, we have provided answers to questions regarding COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). We will continue to update as new information unfolds.
Is the Waconia United Food Shelf still open and continuing its daily operations?
At this time, yes. The Food Shelf is still open and continuing our operations as normal, which includes Mobile Delivery program for select clients. Below are our hours.
- Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00am–11:45am
- Tuesday, Thursday: 4:00pm–6:45pm
Clients may need to be prepared to wait outside, as the volunteers and staff will be implementing social distancing accommodations to reduce contact.
Is the Food Shelf out of food?
No. We have not run out of food. We have items on hand and extra orders/food are coming in this week to prepare the extra volume of food for those in need. We intend to have food available during the entire shift.
Is the Food Shelf accepting donations?
Yes. We are accepting food donations, and encourage dropping off items during open hours in a designated location outside. If you do want to donate items, we need crucial supplies such as boxed cereal, canned goods, rice, pasta and diapers. Due to school closures, we are going to be preparing school lunch packages and are in need of kid-friendly foods/items such as macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly.
When people turn to us for help, we turn to you. $1 can help provide 5 meals. The impact of this is going to be felt by so many of our neighbors – especially our seniors, children, and low-income families. Click HERE to make a secure online monetary donation to help support our emergency response and readiness.
I am not a current client of the Food Shelf. Are you accepting new clients?
The Food Shelf is always accepting new clients. Application Forms are available to enroll at the Food Shelf during our open hours.
We will continue to keep our community updated through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/waconiafoodshelf) and website (https://www.waconiafoodshelf.org/) should any developments or changes occur in our operations or those of our partners.
January we served 209 families and distributed 20,451 pounds of food.
December we served 227 families and distributed 21,006 pounds of food.