Retired men and women to the rescue
This past May, the Woodbury Christian Cupboard food shelf received over 33,000 pounds of food from Second Harvest Food Bank. This manna from heaven came for free from the U.S. Post Office Carrier food drive pickup in May. Enough food was donated to last until Woodbury schools hold food drives beginning in late fall.
The 40 pallets of food donations (weighing about 800 pounds apiece) were delivered to the 3M warehouse in St. Paul. The King of Kings Lutheran Church Retired Men's Club works closely with the Christian Cupboard food shelf and volunteered to process the donations.
Club members, and honorary Retired Men's Club female volunteers, hefted bags of donations off the pallets, sorted the items by food type into boxes, and sealed and placed the boxes onto pallets for delivery to the food shelf.
While volunteers were inspired by the mountain of food atop each pallet, the task was daunting. But with "the good Lord's help they knew the task would be finished sometime this summer."
With six people working the first of many days, they were able to sort and box almost five of the 40 pallets.
Many more of the retired men and women showed up in the following days to help sort and pack, and within two weeks of off and on labor, were able to process over 30 pallets of food.
The Christian Cupboard food shelf, housed at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road, currently services 100 families every Friday and one Thursday each month. The donations the group processed will allow the food shelf to provide food for the increasing numbers of people finding it difficult to bear the weight of increasing food prices at the store.
According to club member Hugh Myers, "This was a great way to help a lot of people and still let us act as if we are retired."
The Retired Men's group is a ministry of King of Kings Lutheran Church located at 1583 Radio Drive in Woodbury.
For more information contact the church at www.kingofkingswoodbury mn.org or call (651) 738-3110.