Ely Area Food Shelf needs volunteer help

Message from the Ely Area Food Shelf:

Ways to help Ely Area Food Shelf
Here at the food shelf we serve many of the community’s high-risk groups of people (over the age of 60 and with the pre-existing conditions). If you haven’t heard the Governor put out an announcement today that all schools in the state will be closing by Wednesday next week. We are anticipating that our numbers of food shelf users are going to rapidly increase as people are having reduced hours at their part-time jobs and or needing to be at home to take care of their school age children. Many of our families are receiving free or reduced lunches and breakfast at school.
Our mission of “Working to eliminate hunger through community partnerships”, is moving to become a critical for our communities. We have a number of ways that you can help.
Next week (March 16 - 18) is food shelf week, and we need volunteers! We are changing the way that we provide food to our shoppers. We will be pre-boxing food and giving it to people at the curb instead of comingling our shoppers inside of the food shelf to protect both our shoppers and our volunteers. Volunteer shifts in need:
· Friday – Truck Day 10:30am until 2:30pm or so, we will be receiving our food and beginning to pack boxes of food for distribution on Tuesday and Wednesday.
· Tuesday – “Boxing Day” – 10am until 2:00pm, we will continue to pack boxes for Wednesday.
· Tuesday – Home Delivery Day – 2:30pm until 5:30pm and Relaxed Shopping day. Normally for those who need extra time to shop.
· Wednesday – “Shopping Day” – We will be having about 200 households stopping by to receive food from us. We will be continuing pre-box food, getting food out to people’s cars, and we will need people to help direct traffic and keeping things safe and orderly.
If you are available to help us with our volunteer needs please email Cheryl Boyes at cheryl.boyes@elyareafoodshelf.org or call at 218-235-8527 if you are not able to email, you can just drop by for a few hours at any of the above times.
We are also in need of boxes, if you have boxes that are easily packed with canned goods without becoming too heavy. Boxes 18”x 18” by 20” will be about the best size, but others will work as well. We will be able to take boxes anytime after 1:00pm on Monday until 5:00. Or any time on Tuesday morning after 10:00am until 5:00pm or any time after 10:00am on Wednesday.
If you have any types of bar soap from hotels or extra regular bar soaps to donate, we would like to give soap to our shoppers to encourage good handwashing. These items can be left in any of our drop off boxes at either grocery stores or the library. Or at the food shelf during the times that we will be taking boxes.
And last but not least, we are currently in midst of the March Food Share Month fundraising campaign (March1st -April 12th), were any donations that we receive will be met with a proportional match. During this time of uncertainty, we cannot even begin to predict what our future financial needs will be. Ely is a generous community and we are grateful. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 786, Ely MN, 55731 or using by our secure online donation tool on our website at elyareafoodshelf.org.
We are grateful to all the support that we get from our communities, Thank You!
Cheryl Boyes and the Ely Area Food Shelf Advisory Council