LAFS is closed the following two days.
Closed Thanksgiving Day (11/26/15)
Closed Christmas Eve (12/24/15)
*if you need assistance during those week please call to set up an appointment that works for both you and our volunteers.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity.
Nationally 1 in 5 children live with food insecurity, locally in Lonsdale we help an average of 40 families a month. With in those 40 families there are 53 children and 52 adults! More than half the food that goes out the LAFS's doors are going to children in Lonsdale.
LAFS tries provide nutritious foods as often and in as many forms as we can. If you wish to help us in this fight against hunger in our own community please consider supporting us. There are many ways for you to support LAFS, just check out the Supporting LAFS page for more info or you may click here to donate using a credit card online.
Please watch this inspiring video from Feeding America.
Thank you Lonsdale, we cant do this with out you!
Thank you to the Lakeville, MN facility of ConAgra Foods, Inc. for their wonderful donation of Fruit Snacks and Granola Bars this week. We applaud your dedication to help the fight against hunger. Want to see what all they are doing just check out their twitter feed!
#30Days30Ways by taking action against hunger one day at a time throughout September for #HungerActionMonth.
LAFS would like to thank MVEC and it's Operation Round Up program. Since 2013 they have donated $4,650.00 to the Lonsdale Food Shelf. Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative your donations for food are greatly appreciated.
MVEC and the LAFS working together to serve our community.
Operation Round Up (ORU) is one way MVEC members work together to make a difference. By rounding up your monthly electric bill to the nearest whole dollar, that extra change of 1 cent to 99 cents adds up and is used to fund request by local charitable organizations.
Here's how it works. If your bill is $75.22, it is rounded up to $76.00 and the extra 78 cents goes to the ORU Fund. Multiply all that extra change by the thousands of generous MVEC members who participate and it makes a BIG difference in our local communities.
This unique program has provided funds for purchasing various items for local fire departments, women's shelters, groups serving youth, and food shelves such as LAFS!
Please consider rounding up your MVEC bill!
Lonsdale Area Food Shelf brings back-to-school excitement to 53 students
By LORI NICKEL firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2015 7:14 pm
Supply Our Students volunteersVolunteers who helped with the Supply Our Students program at the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf are (from left) Co-Coordinator Jenna Heimer, Volunteer Mary Alice Kreuser and Executive Director Tami Heimer. Not pictured are Co-Coordinator Bev Boyda, Board President Kathy Vosejpka and Treasurer and Accounting Coordinator Bradley Heimer. (Lori Nickel/News-Review)
Excitement was in the air on Thursday, Aug. 13, as volunteers prepared for a special day at the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf (LAFS).
With the average national cost of school supplies being around $100 per child, the LAFS Board of Directors made the decision to help the families it regularly serves by providing the children with their necessary supplies.
After months of planning, the program, called Supply Our Students (SOS), came to a happy end on Thursday when it provided 53 students with their complete list of school supplies, as specified by their schools. The children were invited to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf, located at 130 Delaware St. SE, to pick out a new backpack and collect their paper, pencils, pens, markers and everything else on their classroom lists.
Co-coordinators of the program are Jenna Heimer and Bev Boyda. Over the past two months, they asked families using the food shelf to sign up for SOS. Parents provided information on their children’s grades and school so Jenna and Bev could get the supply lists and get to work.
The need for classroom supplies is high, something Jenna knows all too well.
“I’m a teacher and I see kids come to school without supplies,” Jenna said. “I want to start them out on the right foot.”
Also helping out with SOS were volunteers Mary Alice Krause, board president Kathy Vosejpka, executive director Tami Heimer, and board treasurer and accounting coordinator Bradley Heimer.
Jenna said they spent approximately $2,000 total and purchased in bulk when possible. To afford SOS, Tami explained that they received a generous donation from Round Bank in New Prague, and Performance Paper in Lakeville donated several reams of copy paper. Private individuals also contributed monetarily toward the program while others donated school supplies.
To add to Thursday’s excitement, the food shelf received donations of ice cream cones and ice cream. As the families stopped in to pick up their supplies Thursday, volunteer Dennis Vosejpka was on hand scooping ice cream, making the day even sweeter.
How to help
Next week, food shelf volunteers will complete distributing school supplies to the families registered for SOS. However, donations are always needed and a variety of options are listed on the website at www.lonsdaleareafoodshelf.org.
The food shelf is open every Thursday from 12:30 to 5 p.m., and on the first and third Thursdays of each month it is open until 6 p.m. For more information on how to help, call 507-744-7453 or email Lonsdalefoodshelf@gmail.com.
Walls are going up in our dedicated warehouse space!! We will now have a spot to store our food to be able to better distribute it to our community!
This would not be possible with the help of our community and our Landlord! Thanks to all!
If you wish to help take a look at our supporting LAFS page!
By LORI NICKEL email@example.com | Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:39 am
Food drive a success! Over 80 volunteers showed up at the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf on Saturday morning to collect donations left on doorsteps around town. Above, some volunteers are shown inspecting and sorting the thousands of items brought in from the food drive. (Lori Nickel/News Review)
There are about 40 families living within the Lonsdale zip code that use the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf each month. To help support neighbors who have fallen on hard times, volunteers came together for the second consecutive Saturday morning in March to fight hunger in the community.
March is Minnesota Food Share Month, where food shelves around the state can receive grant funding based on how much food and money is donated during the month. These numbers and other statistics, like how many people are served each year, are used to determine the amount of the grant to be received from the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.
The Lonsdale Area Food Shelf, located at 130 Delaware St. SE, initiated two separate campaigns in March to raise awareness and to bring in donations. With the help of the churches in town, they carried out Pack the Pews; inviting parishioners to bring in food and personal care items to donate on the weekend of March 20-22. That same weekend, 80 volunteers were divided into 16 routes around Lonsdale to deliver door hangers asking residents to leave food donations on their doorsteps the following Saturday, March 28, during a food drive.
Executive Director Tami Heimer said the community responded by donating 1,724.60 in both pounds of food and/or dollars during Saturday’s drive when those same volunteers collected donations between 9 a.m. and noon. Added to Pack the Pews and other donations throughout the month, the food shelf’s goal of collecting 9,000 pounds of food and/or dollars was surpassed.
So far this month the food shelf has collected 3,131.28 pounds of food and $8,433.33, for a combined total of 11,564.61. That surpasses last year’s total of 11,065. The money that is donated will be used to purchase frozen meats, produce and other items that will be needed in the upcoming months.
“We are so thankful for the volunteers and for this building,” Heimer said, while showing how the space at the Delaware Street location was being used for the inspection and sorting of the food. Volunteers looked at expiration dates, packaging and checked for recalled food items.
Heimer added that there is still time to donate to the effort. The grant will include any food or monetary donations through March 31. To donate or to volunteer, contact Heimer by calling 507-744-7453, or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 60 volunteers helped promote our Food Drive on Saturday by hanging door hangers on the doors of Lonsdale residents.
Groups helping included Studio 52, Lonsdale Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Lonsdale Ambassadors, Triumphant Life Church, Trondhjem Church and Lonsdale Girl Scouts.
These groups will be picking up any non-perishable food (or cash) donations left on door steps by 9:00 am on Saturday March 28th. Donations can also be left anytime this week at Frandsen Bank of Lonsdale or Lonsdale Liquor.
Thank you Lonsdale Community for supporting the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.
Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester, MN serves 13 counties in SE MN including Rice County. They supply Food Shelves like the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf with much of their food. They also offer Mobile Pantries like the one here in Lonsdale called "Food from the Heart". Which is hosted the 2nd Saturday of every month at Triumphant Life Church.
This is a lengthy video but well worth watching. Parts of the video were shot here in Lonsdale.