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  • Now policies at food shelf

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    The Redwood Area Food Shelf served 61 households during the month of September.


    With the economy doing badly, you’d think that might be up from last year. However...


    “Demand is about where it was a year ago,” said food shelf coordinator Cindy Mumme this week.

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    The Redwood Area Food Shelf served 61 households during the month of September.
    With the economy doing badly, you’d think that might be up from last year. However...
    “Demand is about where it was a year ago,” said food shelf coordinator Cindy Mumme this week.
    Coordinator David Mumme added that, even with the current hard times, donations are holding steady, also.
    “The Redwood area has always been very good at donations,”?he said.
    However, the food shelf has had to change its policies about how often clients can come in.
    Until recently, households were only allowed to use the food shelf’s resources three times a year.
    “We might see someone come in for three months in a row, and then not see them again for the rest of the year,” David said.
    New requirements from the Second Harvest coop state that households may now make use of the food shelf up to once a month, year round.
    However, the Mummes said that rule may be more a formality than anything else.
    “No one gets turned down,” said David. “If they come in more than once a month, we may recommend they contact Human Services or some other program.”
    “We’re still considered an emergency food shelf, not a grocery store,” said Cindy. “We’re a special resource where people should go to in times of need, like the Red Cross or Salvation Army.”
    For more information, contact the food shelf at 507-637-3653.
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