Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Incarnation partners with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, a program of the Mounds View School District located in the Silver View Plaza Mall at 2544 Mounds View Blvd. (formerly County Highway 10) in Mounds View, MN 55112 (651-621-6280).

2021 Tons of Love

Since 2013, Incarnation has engaged in an important summer campaign for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf called Tons of Love which has always served as one of the ways Incarnation responds to the weighty issue of summer hunger. The totals are in and the 2021 Tons of Love campaign yielded over $36,000 as well as some specific physical donations requested by the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf! This is a generous response to the needs of our local community this year – thank you! In addition to the purchase of lots of food and household itemsa portion of our donation will help to purchase a walk-in cooler/freezer, something that will facilitate better and more flexible storage of perishable items at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. 

Continue to support the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf even as the summer is in its final chapter and we move into fall with an online financial gift, by writing a check to Incarnation with “Ralph Reeder Food Shelf” in the memo.

 

 

 What Does Your Financial Donation Buy?

Through suppliers that the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf utilizes, as much as 10 lbs. of certain items can be purchased for just a dollar. Other items might be closer to 30 lbs. for $10. What else might your money buy? 

 

 

 

  • $25 provides a holiday meal for a family of four with all the fixings. 
  • $40 feeds a family of four for a week.
  • $50 provides one student with a backpack and supplies to start the school year off right.
  • $75 ensures three children receive holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.
  • $100 sponsors a food insecure student with weekend snackpacks for each week of the school year.
  • $200 purchases a pallet of fresh produce.
  • $250 would provide a week’s worth of milk for 150 families.
  • $500 feeds 20 families for a week.
  • $750 provides hygiene and cleaning supplies for 125 families.
  • $1000 provides meat boxes for 150 families. 

COVID-19 Impacts to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Clients

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf provides food and household supplies for clients all year long, many of whom are families with school-aged children. With the arrival of COVID – 19, the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is serving an average of 180 households/week, up 35% from pre-COVID-19 conditions. Of those being served, 54% are children 

COVID-19 will continue to impact the community in terms of need for resources and the way in which the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf provides food and household goods. 

  • The use of financial donations to purchase food in bulk through suppliers which is dollar for dollar, better than what most of us can offer when we shop as individuals.  
  • Bulk purchasing allows the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to purchase exactly what they need while freeing up valuable time that might otherwise be spent date checking and sorting in kind food donations. 
  • Utilization of Ralph Reeder Food Shelf staff and a small number if volunteers to package and distribute food to clients in a no-touch fashion 

Service Opportunities at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Ralph Reeder Food continues to welcome back volunteers little by little. If you are interested in volunteering, review the safety guidelines below and complete the volunteer interest form found here. When there are volunteer opportunities available, you will be contacted with more information and instructions. COVID-19 volunteer safety guidelines will be outlined by the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf staff before you volunteer. Currently, most volunteer opportunities involve food rescue, picking up food from grocery stores and bringing it to the food shelf.

Other Special Donation Opportunities for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

When COVID-19 is not a concern, there are typically a variety of special drives and giving opportunities in support of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf including:

  • Holiday Food collections for Thanksgiving and Christmas in November and December.
  • Operation Christmas Joy collecting and distributing toys in December.
  • Statewide Minnesota FoodShare Month in March, which includes matching dollars.
  • Birthday Bags: cake mix, frosting, candles, paper plates/napkins/cups, decorations and a small toy or treat, all placed within a small gift bag (all year round).

And also when COVID-19 is not a concern, if you’re a Thrivent member, apply for a Thrivent Action Team grant of $250, gather some friends or family members together, and use your Action Team money to purchase some of the above items as a part of a team service project effort!

Questions about Incarnation’s partnership with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf? Contact Becky Benson.

 

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