Looking for volunteers

Looking for volunteers

To the Editor:

One in 10 Minnesotans, or more than 500,000 state residents, are food insecure on a regular basis. That’s more people than those who attended Minnesota Vikings football games during the 2015 regular season.

Ten percent of seniors in Minnesota reported being threatened by hunger. Senior hunger is expected to rise as more baby boomers reach the age of 60. There were more than 3.2 million visits to Minnesota food shelves in 2015. Almost half of these visits were made by children and seniors.

Imagine the entire population of Ohio and California going to bed hungry each night. Does that number sound too high? Forty-nine million Americans, including more than 13 million children, which is the equivalent of the populations in those two states, live in households that don’t have consistent access to nutritious food.

Heaven’s Table Food Shelf operates food shelves in Fairmont and Sherburn that provide food assistance to needy residents of Martin County. Heaven’s Table also handles the distribution of the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors and the backpack program for children in the Fairmont, Truman, GHEC and Martin County West school districts. All workers, which include HTFS board members, are volunteers.

Heaven’s Table Food Shelf located at 909 Winnebago Ave. in Fairmont needs your help. We could use volunteers in the following areas:

1. Help during food distributions, from 4:45-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8:45-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

2. Helping unload food trucks on the first and third Thursdays of the month, typically from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

3. Taking inventory and restocking shelves from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

4. Picking up food from Hy-Vee or Kwik Trip from 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

5. Helping with the NAPS distribution for seniors from 12:15-2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

6. Helping with the backpack program from 9-11 a.m. Mondays.

7. Cleaning at Heaven’s Table Food Shelf.

If you would like to volunteer for No. 1, or if you want more information, call Pauline at (507) 236-2957. If you would like to volunteer for Nos. 2-7, or if you want more information, call Greta at (507) 399-9599.

Gerald Bergt