|Nashwauk Area Community Fund Grant Given to Neighbors Helping Neighbors
March 19, 2018
The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Shelf (NHN) is a well-known local food shelf in the Nashwauk community. The Food Shelf distributes over 5,000 pounds of food and essentials monthly to approximately 190 households.
Neighbors helping Neighbors Food Shelf serves households in the area from Keewatin in the East, Goodland in the South, Calumet in the West, and up to Buck Lake in the North. The Food Shelf is open for distribution three times per month and on an emergency basis.
“We assist area residents by soliciting and distributing food and non-food products to those in need and provide materials to the public about the nature and solutions of the problems of hunger," says Karen Peterson. NHN considers special diets such as gluten free, low sugar and low salt options with fresh produce from the local community garden and other farmer donations as the season permits. Collaboration with other food shelves and food industry businesses provides information and resources to assure the best service to all clients.
Volunteers assist the client in food selection and often even help carry out items. The NHN is a distribution center for the NAPS boxes for seniors. Some transportation is provided for clients who need it, and NAPS box monthly delivery to local low-income housing units is available. NHN has an inviting waiting area with a greeter, coffee, and treats for those who want to socialize or are waiting to visit the food shelf. Often there are tables set up with household goods and clothing that clients can take home with them. The NHN received a grant from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund during the Annual Grant Cycle. [PHOTO: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Shelf: (left) Missy DePaulis and Beth Voigt, Nashwauk Area Community Fund Advisory Committee Member]