Served 2,169 families (6,630 individuals). Distributed 237,776 pounds of food and gave out gift certificates totaling $9,000 for the year. Served between 173 and 202 families a month. Distributed an average of 20,606 pounds of food a month. (This includes a $5 Cub gift certificate for milk given to each client.). 61% of clients served were North St. Paul residents and 39% were from Oakdale. Served 128 new clients.
Served 541 different* families (1,613 individual members). *Different families refer to each family which came during 2017 and was only counted their first month served in 2017 (unduplicated visits).
Had several drawings during the year with donated items including homemade afghans, lawnmowers, large inflatable beds, vacuum cleaners, electric toothbrushes and gift cards.
St. Andrew's Church gave us over 100 vouchers to send the families who received them to their Resource Center to obtain a Thanksgiving basket which included turkey.
Gave a Christmas bag to each family with appointments in December. These bags included a ham plus other treats.
Easter baskets, many donated by St. Peter's Catholic Church, were given out to families with children. Donated hats and mittens were given to many clients who came to the shelf in November.
For several months, depending on weather conditions, a table was stocked outside the shelf with food and miscellaneous items, extra bread, etc. This was available for open shopping by clients or anyone who stopped by. Also on the days the
the food shelf was open, individuals without appointments could come into the food shelf between 12:00 and 1:00 to get bread or items off our open shopping shelves.
Volunteers maintain tables outside where families can help themselves to extra items.
Volunteers come in to pack bags for the families who have registered to receive food.
Volunteers sort food donations and mark the outdated items for shopping tables.
The Food Shelf is run
by all volunteers.
North St. Paul Area Food Shelf
Serving North St. Paul and Oakdale Residents
Members of churches and organizations rotate different weeks to pack food for clients.