(Courtesy Briana Mumme, Redwood Area Economic Development Authority) Redwood Area Food Shelf has moved to a new location to better serve the community.
For over twenty years the Redwood Area Food Shelf has served the community providing emergency food supply for those in need. The Food Shelf had been operating out of the lower level of the Redwood Alliance Church. As there has been a steady increase in need, inventory of food and supplies had also been growing. After a series of conversations, the Redwood Area Food Shelf Coordinator and Board of Directors embarked in exploration efforts to identify an alternative location. Several sites were considered and this past summer secured a new location at 500 East Bridge Street, Suite 5 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
The new location offered more square footage and a floor plan that would make the shopping experience much more user friendly. The building was previously home to the Avera clinic and had a number of small rooms. In order to provide ease of access, some walls were removed to open up the space and new flooring was installed. Now there are four main spaces separating out the various types of food, products and coolers. Additionally, a freight door was installed to accommodate the delivery of food from Second Harvest Heartland; allowing for food and supplies to be unloaded inside. The location also has automatic doors to help clients with mobility limitations to take their groceries out of the building.
“We are delighted to be in a place that better fits our needs and contribute to a more efficient and comfortable experience for those in need.” said Cindy Mumme, Redwood Area Food Shelf Coordinator. “The feedback we have received from our clients has been positive and we are excited for future growth opportunities the new location provides us.”
The partnerships and support from various organizations and volunteers underscore the collaborative effort behind this positive change. The Redwood Area Food Shelf Board of Directors would like to extend a thank you to the Orrin S. Estebo Foundation, a subsidiary of the Redwood Area Communities Foundation, for their generous donation to support the new location, along with Brighter Home Store for their contribution. Additional organizations involved include, Klabunde Electric, Gopher State Plumbing and Heating, Redwood Building Center, Everstrong Construction, Towery and Sons, Angie Parker-Schmidt Signage, and our many volunteers.
An open house has been scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2024 from 1 to 5pm. The public is welcome to come check out the new location’s enhanced features and user-friendly design. The upcoming open house provides a great opportunity for the public to engage and appreciate the efforts of the Food Shelf and its dedicated volunteers.