Thursday, May 30, 2024

Triton FFA goes shopping for Food Shelf

Triton FFA members went shopping last Thursday afternoon. When they left Sunshine Foods in Dodge Center they had more than 700 pounds of food to deliver to the Dodge County Food Shelf in Kasson.

The shopping trip has become a tradition for the Triton FFA Chapter, said Advisor Robert Ickler. Each year the group holds a Corn Drive, getting donations of corn or cash from local farmers which is then sold at elevators with the profits used to fund FFA projects and programs throughout the year. Each year, the chapter takes $1,000 of the money raised and uses it to buy groceries for donation to the food shelf. Sunshine Foods adds another $100 giving the students a total of $1,100 to spend.

About 18 of the approximately 50 members of the chapter were at Sunshine Foods Thursday after school where they divided into teams and headed into the aisles to purchase items, chosen from a list of pantry items provided by the Food Shelf. Among the items were canned meat, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, flour, sugar, gravy, and instant potatoes.

When the checkout was complete, the food was loaded into vehicles for the trip to the Food Shelf. When all the food had been weighed, Ickler said, it totaled 718 pounds.

Food Shelf workers said the food provided by the students and other organizations is coming at a time of great need. The Kasson Food Shelf, which serves all of Dodge County, has “well over” 500 families registered, said Food Shelf Manager Jami Morris, with the number continuing to increase.

“There is a growing need as food prices continue to increase,” she said.

Food as well as monetary donations are always needed and appreciated, she said.

As the holidays approached, numerous groups and individuals have been contributing.

On Halloween, the Kasson-Mantorville Ministerial Association sponsored a “Boo for Food” event where students from the various churches went trick or treating for food donations with all the food collected donated to the Food Shelf. Also last week, the Kasson-Mantorville Lions Club donated the proceeds from their September Scrap Drive to the Food Shelf.

Morris said that the organization accepts both food and monetary donations. She added that in addition to food items, the Food Shelf also accepts donations of personal care products and pet food.

The actual food donations are welcomed because they provide immediate help to families in need as the items can immediately be placed on the shelves.

The monetary donations are needed because they can be used for the purchases from Channel One in Rochester.

The Food Shelf is part of Semcac, a community action organization, that serves the southeastern Minnesota communities of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Steele, and Waseca counties.

It offers a variety of services in each of the counties with the Food Shelf for Dodge County located in Kasson. The Food Shelf is located at 105 S. Mantorville Ave., and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

To be eligible to use the Food Shelf, household income should be at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. However, emergency food is available to any household experiencing a food crisis, regardless of household income, according to Semcac. Also eligible to use the Food Shelf are those who participate in MFIP, Child Care Assistance, General Assistance, SNAP, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, WIC, Head Start, Section 8 Housing, Public Housing, Energy Assistance, or Weatherization.




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