FOOD SHELF HOURS
Food is available to those needing assitance during the following hours:
Mondays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Fridays 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Starting October 1, 2020
Starting in October individuals can shop once a month using a shopping list based on the listed number of indiviudals in their household. We will no longer use food shelf cards and the check-out volunteer will update your information in the database. We are making these changes to transform into a SuperShelf. That means we will continue to create a client centered food shelf environment that promotes and respects indiviudal choice. We will adhere to established SuperShelf standards, which includes using shopping lists and arranging foods into categories. In the end, we want to make the healthiest choice the easy choice for all.
1) When you walk into the food shelf you will be greeted by a volunteer and see our eligibility sign. By entering the food shelf, you confirm that you are eligible to receive this food because you meet the income guidelines or participate in one or more federally funded services or programs.
2) You will be asked how many people are listed in your household. The volunteer will give you a shopping list based on the number of individuals currently in your household. Please respond accurately because this will be verified at check out.
3) Once you get your shopping list, you will select your own food based on the limits set forth on the shopping list.
4) All the items in the food shelf are arranged into the 11 color-coded categories as listed on this shopping list.
5) The food shelf is now set up according to the shopping list, starting with Fresh produce and ending with the freezer and cooler items.
6) The food boxes and shelving are color-coded to help you see all the items in a particular category. In many cases, you will need to make choices within a variety of product and choices.
7) All the aisles are one-way and there is no going back to a different aisle once you leave it. And to promote physical distancing, we ask that only one shopper be in an aisle at one time.
8) We use the words “Up To” on the shopping list. This means you cannot take more than the number listed for that category. You can take less, but not more than the number listed.
9) You cannot exchange one category for another category.
10) If this is your first time visiting the food shelf, you will sign-up and give your information to the volunteer at check out after you select your food items.
11) After checkout, you will take the shopping cart to your car to pack and load your groceries. Remember to keep bags or boxes in your car.
12) Return the cart to the designated area outside.
13) We apologize in advance if there are longer wait times. It will take a couple of months for everyone to understand this new process.
Check out this two week menu guide from Minnesota Extension. This helps you plan nutritous meals for the week along with a shopping list to make sure you have the right supplies on hand.
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