Bill Anderson and Jeanette Juetten presented to the club about how the River Falls Community Food Pantry (RFCFP) addresses food insecurity problems in the River Falls area. The RFCFP is a private, non-profit, volunteer organization. Its mission is to provide food, with respect and dignity, in times of need to those in the River Falls community. It is a 100 percent donor driven organization.
Bill Anderson and Jeanette Juetten presented to the club about how the River Falls Community Food Pantry (RFCFP) addresses food insecurity problems in the River Falls area. The RFCFP is a private, non-profit, volunteer organization. Its mission is to provide food, with respect and dignity, in times of need to those in the River Falls community. It is a 100 percent donor driven organization.
 
In 2018, the RFCFP had 2962 visits, serving 1,300 households by distributing 230,739 pounds of food.
 
 “We serve 14 percent of households in River Falls,” said Bill. “Based on eligibility the food pantry could serve four times that number, because 56 percent of households are eligible.”
 
Any person in need of food that lives within the river falls school district can visit the pantry once a month for four bags of groceries.
 
The pantry started as a nook in Ezekiel Luther Church and is now located at 222 North Main, Suite C. In 2006, the pantry partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, which enables it to keep up with community demand. It also works with other pantires in the area to coordinate efforts.
 
Monetary donations are mulitiplied times 5 thanks to the partnership with Second Harvest, which gives RFCFP buying power to purchase food for pennies on the dollar, and allows it to take advantage of good pricing and specials.
 
New facility
The RFCFP is planning to build and dquip a new facility to address space limitations and storage challenges. It also has a goal of providing education to clients and hopes to include a garden for households to learn how they can grow produce with limited space.
 
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Want to help?
Volunteers work shifts in the store, stock shelves, assist with community outreach, pick up donations, clean, unload and sort donations and serve on the board of Directors.
 
If want to help, or you know someone who needs assistance with food, please call 715-425-6880.
 
 
 
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