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Spotlight On: Minnehaha Food Shelf

An interview with Judy Durfey, Chairperson


Every single day, about one in ten Minnesota households struggles to put enough food on the table. The Minnehaha Food Shelf serves hundreds of those households each month.

The Minnehaha Food Shelf’s mission is “to provide food and Christian hospitality to people in need in our community.” For residents in their community, those living between the Crosstown and Lake Street, Cedar Avenue and the River, plus residents of the Fort Snelling apartments, they do just that. The 1,500 men, women and children who visit the food shelf get a warm welcome from volunteers and enough food to last for four days.

The Minnehaha Food Shelf is open on Tuesdays, and has been distributing food from the Minnehaha United Methodist Church at E 50th St and 37th Ave S in Minneapolis since 2002. They distribute approximately 28,500 pounds of food each month.

According to Judy Durfey, chairperson of the Minnehaha Food Shelf, “In 2002, the Minnehaha Food Shelf began as a kitchen ministry at Minnehaha United Methodist Church to help people in the congregation and neighboring community. As the need grew, so did the food shelf. Today, we have a Minnehaha Food Shelf Board comprised of members from Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, St. James Episcopal and Minnehaha United Methodist Church plus representatives from the community.  Many other churches, businesses and individuals also contribute to the Food Shelf through donations and volunteering.”

Durfey shared that it took over $70,000 to support the Minnehaha Food Shelf last year, with 92% of funding coming from individual donations, such as the funds from Blue Plate Gives. If they are awarded the donation, Director George Gallagher will work with the board of directors to determine the best use of the gift.

The Minnehaha Food Shelf can always use volunteers. Consider volunteering your time by helping to set up, check in visitors, or distribute food throughout the day. Find more information about the food shelf and volunteering on their website.

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