Jennie-O donates money to Food Shelf expansion
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Food Shelf has received $25,000 from Jennie-O Turkey Store to support the food shelf's recently announced $266,000 remodeling and expansion capital campaign.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Area Food Shelf has received $25,000 from Jennie-O Turkey Store to support the food shelf’s recently announced $266,000 remodeling and expansion capital campaign.
“We are pleased that we can assist the Willmar Area Food Shelf in its mission to help feed the hungry in our area,’’ Pat Solheid, vice president of human resources and administration for Jennie-O Turkey Store, said in a news release. “Improving their distribution center will help them improve their services, and we’re glad we can help.’’
Christie Kurth, food shelf executive director, said Jennie-O Turkey Store is a supporter of the Willmar Area Food Shelf throughout the year. The company makes occasional monetary donations as well as very large turkey product donations quarterly, Kurth said in the release.
The purpose of the capital campaign is to pay for a remodeling and expansion project. The total budget of $350,000 includes working on a parking lot, adding a receiving bay, adding office and workspace, repurposing space to provide better traffic flow and more efficient food handling, and the ability to adhere to state and federal guidelines regarding food safety, and safety of clients, staff and volunteers.
The campaign secured approximately $84,000 prior to the campaign, leaving $266,000 remaining to be raised before construction begins.
The Willmar Area Food Shelf serves approximately 875 families a month. Its mission is “Responding collectively using community resources to relieve the suffering of poverty by providing food assistance.’’
“Jennie-O is certainly one of those community resources that assist us in accomplishing this mission,’’ Kurth said in the release.
For more information about the Willmar Area Food Shelf and the capital campaign, call Kurth or Kari Goldschmidt, assistant director for marketing and fund development, at 320-235-2641.