by Cori Hilsgen
Fare for All organizer Amanda Roles said volunteers are needed for outdoor distribution at the Fare for All food-distribution program.
Construction for additional space in the Resurrection Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, where Fare for All food is distributed, is taking place and that space has not been available for distribution.
Roles said the flow of distribution changed because of the construction, but they have continued monthly distributions.
Customers are still able to wait inside the church, but the pallets of food are outside in the parking lot under tents, and distribution is taking place there.
Roles is seeking more volunteers to help keep order while construction on the church is going on and to help set up and take down canopies that are used to shield the food.
Fare for All distributions continue to benefit many. To increase awareness of the program, six advertising signs were recently purchased from money received from a Thrivent Action Team Kit. Those signs are placed throughout the area on the day of distribution.
Roles wanted especially to thank volunteers Roger and Lori Linn, Mary Plafcan, Paul Raab and Angie Stanoch for helping assemble and make the signs.
Roles was recently nominated by Fare for All volunteer Marjorie Henkemeyer for the CentraCare Health Foundation 2015 Spirit of Caring Healthcare Hero Award.
“After review by the CentraCare Health Foundation Grants Committee, I was awarded this award which includes a $1,000 award to further my commitment to the community,” Roles said.
She plans to use the funds for improving the distribution process, volunteer appreciation and to promote Fare for All in surrounding areas.
Anyone who is interested in stretching their food-budget dollars can purchase Fare for All food products. Fare for All buys food in bulk and passes the savings on to customers. Distributions, which include produce and meat items, are at the Resurrection Lutheran Church located at 610 CR 2 in St. Joseph.
Future planned Fare for All distribution dates include Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Roles by email at email@example.com.