Beginning April 4, 2020, the Waconia United Food Shelf will be changing hours of operation. New hours are as follows:
- Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
- Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
This adjustment allows us to provide our clients with food, needed more now than ever—while keeping everyone safe, including volunteers, clients and staff. As a reminder, all are welcome to the Food Shelf, including new clients. Our current service is pre-packaged food that is offered via a “drive-thru” that includes both perishable and non-perishable items. If you have any question, please feel free to call us at 952-442-3878.
A partir del 4 de abril de 2020, Waconia United Food Shelf cambiará las horas de operación. Las nuevas horas son las siguientes:
- Los lunes, de 9:00 a.m. a 11:45 a.m.
- Jueves 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
- Sábados, 9:00 a.m. a 11:45 a.m.
Este ajuste nos permite proporcionar a nuestros clientes alimentos, que ahora se necesitan más que nunca, mientras se mantiene a todos seguros, incluidos voluntarios, clientes y personal. Como recordatorio, todos son bienvenidos a Food Shelf, incluidos los nuevos clientes. Nuestro servicio actual es comida preenvasada que se ofrece a través de un “drive-thru” que incluye artículos perecederos y no perecederos. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamarnos al 952-442-3878.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Waconia United Food Shelf volunteers will pack a seven-day supply of food and essential items into bags. Clients will stay in their vehicles and volunteers will bring the bag(s) of food out to the vehicle. The number of bags received will depend on the family size. For clients with children, additional items will be included to supplement lunch and snacks.
All are welcome to use the services of the Waconia United Food Shelf, including new clients.
Thank you for your patience as we determine new processes to make sure you, our volunteers, staff, and others are safe and we can still ensure that we can still offer services to the community.
We have been so grateful for the outpouring of support and donations. As we determine the best way to distribute food to our clients, we will be looking for new volunteers to support packing food bags, distributing food to clients, and picking up food from our sources.
If you are willing to help, please complete this survey:
We will reach out to you as needed.
At this time we do not recommend that anyone with a chronic health condition volunteer. If you are sick please cancel your shift – any volunteer that is showing signs of illness will be asked to leave and return when well.
An update for those wanting to donate to the Food Shelf in response to the COVID 19 Virus
We are providing more food to the community than ever before. We always accept monetary donations and continue to accept food donations. Please refrain from donating expired foods. We have fresh produce and perishable food needs, too. 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:
- Breakfast cereal bars
- Juice boxes
- Hearty soup
- Hamburger Helper
- Boxed flavored rice (Rice a Roni)
- Pancake mix
- Hand soap
- Diapers – all sizes
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.
November we served 247 families and distributed 25,240 pounds of food.