News Flash

CTN Latest Stories

Posted on: March 17, 2022

ACBC Food Shelf Needs Donations

Like a beacon of hope, the ACBC Food Shelf stands poised and ready to meet food insecurity in the community. The Anoka-based food shelf has been under the direction of Stephanie Lehman, who joined the operation in July of 2020.

"Families coming in have increased by 25% since the beginning of the year," Lehman said. “We've actually added more hours to our service because we're just booked every day,"

Lehman relies on a team of dozens of volunteers who put in thousands of hours to make the food shelf run smoothly. However, they're concerned about the recent shift in donations.

"Relative to last year, we're pretty similar on food donations," Lehman said. "However, our financial donations have dropped by about 45%,"

That's a big concern since March is Minnesota FoodShare Month. It’s a time when financial gifts are key.

"A dollar donated in is worth eight dollars purchased,” Lehman said. “So we can buy more, but we can also buy very specific, so if we need toilet paper this week we can buy toilet paper."

ACBC recently became the first food shelf in the state to join the Commodities Supplemental Food Program. The grant program started at the beginning of the year. It provides an extra box of food each month for lower income adults age 60 and over.

"What they do is they come in, they fill out a menu and then they go in and do their regular food shopping,” Lehman said. “So this is just additional food items that are really specific, healthy nutritious food."

The ACBC Food Shelf has been around for over 50 years and they plan to continue their mission well into the future.

"We're just really thankful for our community," Lehman said.

To learn more or donate, check out the ACBC Food Shelf website.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in CTN Latest Stories

Coon Rapids Selects New Police Chief

Posted on: June 10, 2022

Business Spotlight: ACE Hardware

Posted on: May 25, 2022

3 City Council Seats on Ballot

Posted on: May 17, 2022

DARE Students Get Life-Saving Lesson

Posted on: April 21, 2022

Buff City Soap Opens in Coon Rapids

Posted on: April 14, 2022

Popular CRHS Music Teacher Honored

Posted on: March 29, 2022

Hwy. 10 Construction Begins in Anoka

Posted on: March 28, 2022

Yoga on Ice at Crooked Lake

Posted on: March 4, 2022

Anoka Co. Attorney Tony Palumbo Retiring

Posted on: February 25, 2022

District 11 Targeting Job Seekers

Posted on: February 18, 2022

Big Honors for CRHS Concert Choir

Posted on: February 11, 2022

New Golf Simulators at Bunker Hills

Posted on: February 4, 2022

Recycling Center Now Accepting Paint

Posted on: February 2, 2022

School Board Adopts New Mask Policy

Posted on: January 25, 2022

Precinct Caucuses Coming Up on Feb. 1

Posted on: January 27, 2022

Unique Winter Tradition on Crooked Lake

Posted on: January 21, 2022