By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN The Dassel Area Food Shelf opened its doors just in time for Christmas, which was the goal of Dassel Mayor Mike Scanlon.
“I’m very happy. I really wanted people to be able to get to the food shelf before Christmas,” he said.
“I’m very impressed by the people in this town and around the area,” Scanlon said, giving extra credit to food shelf coordinator Brenda Voigt and the many who have volunteered their time to get it prepared.
The week prior to the food shelf opening, volunteers worked putting up shelving and stocking the shelves with food delivered by Gary’s Family Foods of Dassel and with donations from American Time and Signal.
Dassel Elementary third graders also donated $1,500 of food they purchased at Gary’s Family Foods with money they earned from their Christmas stores. They also donated $186 for perishable food items.
The building, which is located at 531 Atlantic Avenue West (east end Opsahl Plumbing), is in “perfect condition,” Voigt commented.
Not only is there plenty of room to unload and store food, but there is even an office providing privacy for food shelf clients.
“Sometimes, it’s not just food they need help with,” Voigt said, explaining there may be referrals to other agencies and services.
The food shelf will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. with the exception of Christmas Eve, Voigt said. Dassel area residents in need of help from the food shelf should come during those hours with proof of residency.
An open house will be planned after the first of the year, giving an opportunity for the community to tour the food shelf.
For questions on the food shelf, call (320) 693-7661.