Food Shelf receives anonymous donation

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The new Morrison County Food Shelf Board’s current concern is adding on to the existing building.

The new Morrison County Food Shelf Board had its October meeting Wednesday. Pictured are front row (from left): Steve Messerschmidt, treasurer; Gloria Thomes, executive director; Ron Hinnenkamp, president; and Chuck Forss, secretary. Second row: Sister Latona, Leah Schilling and Ruth Pappenfus. Back row: Jason Swedeen, Paula Welle, Bette Benedett, Allysa Barnes, John Albaugh and Roxanne Matsen, vice president.

The good news is, with increased contributions from Coborn’s and Walmart, the Morrison County Food Shelf has been able to offer more perishable products. Those donations have helped with the 4.5 percent increase in food shelf usage over the last year and the 33.9 percent increase since 2007.

What the food shelf needs, though, is more storage for these donations.

“We are looking to add a walk-in cooler plus more space to store non-perishables,” said President Ron Hinnenkamp.

He said more good news is that an anonymous donor recently gave $25,000 to the Food Shelf to help it continue its mission of providing support for those who find themselves in need.

“Hopefully, this donation will cover the costs of the cooler and the addition,” said Hinnenkamp.

The Morrison County Food Shelf began its history on the St. Francis Campus and was run by the Franciscan sisters. The location moved to its current building in March 2004.

The current executive director, Gloria Thomes, started in 1995 as the Food Shelf’s assistant director. She has been the executive director for 15 years.