With Christmas just around the corner, the Friends for Life food shelf in Watertown is stocking its shelves and requesting special donations.
Laundry detergent, vegetable oil, toothpaste, meat, chili, stew, and macaroni and cheese are a few of the items that the food shelf is running low on, according to Linda Benson, Friends for Life assistant director.
Residents in need of a Christmas meal are encouraged to come to the food shelf and sign up. Parents can sign up children 18 and under to receive a Christmas gift, as well.
Donations of candy, small toys, mittens and hats are now being accepted to be used as stocking-stuffers, with a deadline of Monday, Dec. 15.
“We really appreciate all the help we receive from donators and volunteers,” Benson said. Benson has been working with the food shelf for 18 years.
Ted Salonek, director; Terri Hart, food administrator; Joel Buttenhoff, treasurer; and Jenny Menke secretary; along with volunteers from the community, make the food shelf a success.
“We could use a few more volunteers,” Benson said, explaining that anyone interested in volunteering should come to the food shelf and fill out an application.
Marketplace Foods in Watertown contributes to the food shelf annually with its “Stuff a Truck,” drive, which saw great success in November.
“This is one of our biggest years yet,” Michelle Wight of Marketplace Foods, said.
An impressive two tons of food were donated to the food shelf through the drive.
The Watertown-Mayer elementary school, high school, and primary school all donated food and money towards the drive, with the elementary school coming out in the lead with 3,894 pounds of food donated, along with $307.
Donations can be made to the food shelf during its office hours: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.
The food shelf entrance is located on the side of the Watertown City Hall building, next to the parking lot.
Marketplace Foods accepts donations for the food shelf at all times, but can only accept non-perishable items.
To contact the food shelf, call (952) 955-1980.