BELLE PLAINE AREA FOOD SHELF HOURS OF OPERATION
WEDNESDAYS 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
SATURDAYS 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
At the Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf, we continue to follow the government recommendations of social distancing, hand washing, disinfecting, wearing face coverings and using gloves. Masks/face coverings are also required for those who enter the food shelf to shop for food. We ask that you please stay at home if you are feeling sick. Along with keeping you fed, our goal also includes keeping all of us healthy and safe.
A special thank you to Bob and Renee Wagner from the Minnesota's Largest Candy Store for their generous donation to the Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf.
We appreciate their generous donation of apples, squash and candy to help feed families in our community.
The Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf has done some renovation to the inside of the building to become a SuperShelf site, creating a more welcoming, cheerful and updated shopping experience for our clients. A SuperShelf offers a wide variety of foods, increasing the quantity and accessibility of better foods for healthier living - less processed foods, more fresh fruits and veggies, healthy recipes and samples.
We try to make it as easy as possible for those in need to access food. No photo identification or legal documentation is required to access food, but we may request documents to verify your address. The Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf also serves participants from outside of our self-identified service area. Households with income below 200% of the poverty level or who receive assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, free and reduced school lunches, energy assistance or public housing, are eligible to shop at the food shelf monthly.
We continue to offer our backpack program that began on March 18th of this year. These pre-packaged bags can be picked up at the food shelf during regular business hours or anytime you see someone there. No registration is needed; no questions are asked. We only ask that kids let us know what school they attend. Donations can be dropped off Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays around 9 a.m., as volunteers are there restocking shelves or during our regular business hours: Wednesdays 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. There is also a drop box on the side of our building where shelf-stable items can be left. Of course, we ALWAYS need toilet paper if you have a roll or two to spare!
Our immediate concern is for the kiddos who will be losing access to school breakfasts and lunches. Items we are looking for are those easy for kids to prepare on their own such as:
Canned tuna and chicken
Pretzels, crackers and rice cakes
Canned soups and chili
Applesauce and fruit cups
Macaroni and cheese
Other ways to contribute:
Weekly delivery truck unloading
Composting and recycling
Due to the Corona Virus, our fundraising events have been limited. If you are able, please consider a monetary donation to the food shelf. Checks can be made out to the Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf and mailed to:
917 Prairie Oak Drive
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Thank you to all for your support.!
Each day add an item to a box.
On Christmas Eve, donate the contents to a food bank.
December 1 - box of cereal
December 2 - peanut butter
December 3 - stuffing mix
December 4 - boxed potatoes
December 5 - macaroni and cheese
December 6 - canned fruit
December 7 - canned tomatoes
December 8 - canned tuna
December 9 - dessert mix
December 10 - jar of applesauce
December 11 - canned sweet potatoes
December 12 - cranberry sauce
December 13 - canned beans
December 14 - box of crackers
December 15 - package of rice
December 16 - package of oatmeal
December 17 - package of pasta
December 18 - spaghetti sauce
December 19 - chicken noodle soup
December 20 - tomato soup
December 21 - canned corn
December 22 - canned mixed vegetables
December 23 - canned carrots
December 24 - canned green bean
Would you be able to give three hours of your time for one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. to volunteer at the food shelf? If you can and are interested, contact Annalee Balk, Food Shelf Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 952-956-4004.