St. Mary’s School in Breckenridge, Minnesota, will once again be a drop-off site for the community food surplus distribution.
Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership has joined with North Country Food Bank, Inc., Campbell Lions, Campbell-Tintah School, Rothsay School and St. Mary’s School to provide free food to those in need at three Wilkin County sites the morning of Wednesday, May 23.
“If you eat, you qualify,” is the slogan of the program. There are no income qualifications required, but those who do come by to pick up food will be asked to fill out a short registration form. The organization reaches out to seniors and community members who are experiencing food insecurity.
Derek Knapper, self sufficiency advocate with the family and community services arm of Lakes and Prairies, said organizers are excited about the eighth annual food drop in Wilkin County, Minnesota.
“It’s always a good turnout. We ask people to bring their own containers to carry the food – bins, boxes, laundry baskets,” he said. “I requested from the schools some student volunteers. Also, Lakes and Prairies staff will come down and help that day to distribute the food.”
The majority of food typically distributed is nonperishable canned and boxed items, but organizers work with area farmers’ markets and growers to secure surplus fresh produce and dairy when available, as well.
This year, distribution will begin at 10 a.m. at Rothsay Si Flan gym, and 11 a.m. at both Campbell Community Center and at the parking lot of Breckenridge’s St. Mary’s School.
Knappers said having the Campbell and Breckenridge sites begin at the same time this year will help prevent people from doubling up on shares.
Last year 35 people received food at the Rothsay location, 46 in Campbell and 161 in Breckenridge.
North Country Food Bank, Inc., is located in Crookston, Minnesota, and covers 21 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The organization is a member of Feeding America, and helps make up a nonprofit food distribution network of 201 food banks focused on domestic hunger. The food bank works with manufacturers, local retailers, grocery store chains, distributors, farmers and individual donors to secure food it provides to 220 charitable organizations in the region.
Lakes and Prairies Community Action Agency is in its 49th year of working with and for low-income children, families and seniors throughout their service area. One-third of their board of director membership represents low-income residents. In addition to family and community services, Lakes and Prairies provides the following programs: Childcare Aware, Head Start, Rainbow Bridge, Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program, Clay County Seniors, VITA tax sites and Group Cares. Offices are located in Breckenridge and Moorhead, Minnesota.