In any given month, the Redwood Area Food Shelf is literally giving out tons of food, as the average monthly distribution has been 20,000 pounds.
Over the past decade an event known as Freezin’ for Food has been held to help fill the shelves of local food shelf organizations.
Now in its 10th year, Freezin’ for Food has collected 196,564 pounds of food or its cash equivalent.
According to Tina Klinkner of Kohls-Weelborg Ford, which has hosted the annual food drive since its beginning, the drive began after someone from the local dealership saw a similar event being held in another community and thought it would be a great community project for the Redwood area as well.
This year, the food drive is being held Dec. 4-6 at the local dealership, and during regular business hours the public can drop off its donations to help meet the goal of collecting 20,000 pounds of food and cash donations.
Klinkner said Tersteeg’s is once again setting aside pre-packaged food bags for people to purchase and donate for the drive, which is helping food shelf organizations in Redwood Falls, Wabasso, Morgan, Olivia and at the Lower Sioux.
Any non-perishable food items are being accepted.
There is a need for boxed items, such as potatoes, pastas, cereal and other items that make meals which can last a few days.
There has been a recent influx of new clients, including new families and the elderly, who are being served in the food shelf, which means the need is great this year.
Volunteers are also needed to help collect the food as it is dropped off. Those who would like to help can call Klinkner at (507) 644-2931.