The Food Shelf is a 501 (c) 3 Charity originally established in July 1982. The Reverend Jeff Bullock of Emmanuel Episcopal Church recognized the need for a food shelf in Alexandria. With the help of Wally Bloom and his wife Virginia the message was brought to the churches and community.
Over time the organization outgrew the church. A building was built at the current location of 1205 Lake Street. Only four years later the building needed a new addition doubling its size. Then in 2001 another addition was added resulting in the current 96 by 24 foot building. In 2007, the Food Shelf constructed a 24 by 36 foot garage for on-site extra storage. Labor was provided by the Alexandria Technical Community College students each time.
In 2016 and 2017 the Food Shelf raised funds and secured donations from the community to attach the existing garage to the main building, adding over 1,100 square feet of storage. This expansion provides safer moving of stored food for distribution. With the additional storage space, donations can be accepted, stored, purchased and distributed in larger quantities.
May 30 Closed Memorial Day
July 4 Closed 4th of July
September 5 Closed Labor Day
November 24 Closed Thanksgiving Day
(Christmas eve is Saturday and
Christmas day is Sunday)
Call for an appointment
If you live in Douglas County and need food support do not be embarrassed to ask for help. Give us a call at 320-762-8411 and we will help you with your needs.
If you do not live in Douglas County we will provide emergency food assistance and a referral to a food shelf near you.
Monday 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 3 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 3 PM
Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
Several businesses donate their excess inventory of groceries and paper products that greatly help clients. Several restaurants package their excess items instead of throwing them away at the end of a day. Coffee shops donate their baked goods. If you have useable items that our Food Shelf could use to feed or help clients in need let us know. We can pickup.
Other businesses have incorporated ideas to collect food shelf donations. Ideas have include stuff a truck, grocery grab, or a food drive
LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR IDEA
The Food Shelf is proud to be 100% staffed by volunteers. Each day volunteers stock shelves, make appointments for clients, shop with clients, pick up and order food. Most volunteers pick a day of the week and work that day. That day’s crew develops great friendships while helping others. Currently, the Food Shelf has over 50 active volunteers.