ABOUT THE FOOD SHELF

2022 marks 40 years of service to Bemidji and surrounding communities. From a small store front in downtown Bemidji with a few dedicated volunteers we have grown to serve thousands of people.  During 2021, 6,200 families received 550,000 lbs of food.  In those families we know nearly 5,500 were children, and 3,000 were seniors – the fastest growing segment of food insecure in the State of Minnesota. 

 

We also rely on over 300 volunteers who give their time and energy to distribute food to our friends and neighbors. Without them we would not be able to operate.  We welcome anyone wanting to help, there are many jobs to fit any ability. 

 

Call 444-6580 to talk to our Volunteer Coordinator for more information on how you can join us. 

And finally, the Donors who have supported us over the past 40 years have been remarkable in their generosity.  We purchase 2/3 of the food we distribute, their support is critical to meeting the needs of our clients.

Thank you to all of you. The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is here because of you.

OUR STAFF

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Mike Olson

Executive Director

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Debbie Johnson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Conan Cunningham

Maintenance Coordinator

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Ed Burger

Warehouse Manager

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Lindsey Claypool

Bookkeeper

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Tim Hawkins

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Fretheim, President

Wayne Haugen, Vice-President

Deborah Pfaff, Treasurer

Gloria Collyard, Secretary

Paula Howard, Director

Larry Voltz, Director

Randall Burg, Director

Al Nohner, Director

Linda Jackson, Director

Natalie Rader, Director

Danyl Peterson, Director

John Reff, Director

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS