March means more donations for Battle Lake Food ShelfPublished 9:34am Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Updated 11:35am Tuesday, March 4, 2014
March is Food Shelf Month across Minnesota and with the rise of Minnesota Foodshare’s month-long campaign, more donations have been coming into the Battle Lake Food Shelf during the month, according to food purchaser Iris Katzke.
“If people are going to give once a year, this is really the month to give it,” she said.
In fact, March is the only month food shelf volunteers weigh the donations that come in. The amount of matching donations from the Foodshare program depends on how much a food shelf brings in during the month, so workers keep a close eye on the total.
Throughout the month, some Battle Lake churches promote Food Shelf Month during Sunday services. These messages, coupled with posters hung around town, help the food shelf get the word out, according to Katzke.
Katzke, who has been working with the food shelf for about 15 years, said the Battle Lake community has always been very supportive of the food shelf. The emergence of a statewide March food drive has only led to more town support.
“All you have to do is tell somebody you need something and there’s someone right there willing to help,” Katzke said.
Lately, the food shelf has been encouraging people to make cash donations whenever possible. While they will still always take food donations, they are able to buy more food than can be purchased at retail prices.
The Battle Lake Food Shelf is open every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. On a given Thursday, there could be anywhere between 15 and 30 households coming through the doors.
To be eligible to receive food, a person must be a resident of the Battle Lake School District, with a few exceptions, Katzke said. People can receive food twice a month from the food shelf.
“We never turn anybody away when they come,” Katzke said. “We always give them food.
“Everybody needs a little help now and then and I think it’s great that this community provides that help.”