Welcome to the Hanover Area Food Shelf. Our Mission:
“PROVIDING HOPE FOR THE HEART BY PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE”
The following is a little history of the food shelf. The Hanover Area Food Shelf originated in 1980 under the Social Concerns and Community Relations Commission of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. It has been in operation since that date. At first it was located in the kitchen using one cupboard, from there into the fellowship hall area, using two of the large storage areas, and now we have our own area in the lower level of the 2001 addition. We currently use three rooms: One room is for distribution of food, one for check in and the other one is for storage. We are doing all right in the designated space; at times cramped for space. Rockford opened a food shelf in 2011 and took 150 of our families that live in Rockford and Greenfield. If that hadn’t happened we definitely would have had to move out of the church. Praise the Lord that didn’t happen. A sincere thank you to St. Paul’s for allowing us to use this facility.
We have a Community Board of Directors: Director: Helen Skutley; President-Kinsley Thompson; Treasurer Karan Thompson; Secretary Stephanie Duda. Other members are Karol Eichelberg, Candi Testa, Jill Johnson, and Debbie Bishop. This board meets eight times a year or as need arises. We have an open meeting policy and are always looking for more people to be on the board. We are incorporated which gives us our own tax ID number, our own insurance, and we pay rent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The food shelf is open Tuesday and Fridays from 12-2 pm, Wednesday 10-2 pm, and the first and third Monday evening from 5-7 pm. Families that come into the food shelf can come in once a month for a 3 meal, 4 day supply of food. At the time of check in they should show 2 forms of ID for proof of address. This is done to keep families in the right area and using the right food shelf. The area for our food shelf is Albertville, St. Michael, Hanover, part of Loretto and part of Corcoran.
Our food shelf is very blessed as we have a wonderful caring community that gives us our support. We receive this support from some of the following: churches, schools, preschools, daycares, civic organizations and private donations, The money that is donated to us allows us to purchase food that hasn’t been donated which helps us give families balanced meals. We sincerely thank all of you for your support!