Surplus Food Distribution is here for those in need

The Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (C.S.F.D.) distributes free
food to those are experiencing financial stress. This is done in
partnership with the Second Harvest Heartland outreach program out of
St Paul. Our program is alive and well, and continues to operate the
once a month distribution in Cambridge. 


Dear Editor:

The Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (C.S.F.D.) distributes free food to those are experiencing financial stress. This is done in partnership with the Second Harvest Heartland outreach program out of St Paul. Our program is alive and well, and continues to operate the once a month distribution in Cambridge.  

Since 2007, when this program first started we have been in three different locations. In early 2007 the City of Cambridge allowed us to use the long hallway at the City Center to launch this free food distribution program. That worked well, and we were grateful for the city of Cambridge City Council for letting use this facility. In 2009 we had to seek a new location as the space there was needed for some commercial development.  We then moved to an empty warehouse on south-Garfield where owner George Johnson allowed us to use that facility until the Fall of 2010. The third move was to the Isanti County Fairgrounds where we are now operating. We have been distributing out of the  Community Building on the Fairgrounds now for several months. Each location has had a slightly different pattern of checking people in and organizing the pick-up process. Our numbers have been large, and at times there has been long waits and congestion. With a different system of checking in and picking up the food, we now feel that we have a smoother process with shorter wait time. We want all residents who are in need of extra food to be aware of the program and to come if they feel they need help.

Another change is that the Distribution is held every third Tuesday afternoon of the month at the Fairgrounds location.  After checking in, using a computerized system, people wait in their cars until they are called to proceed to the pick-up location where food is brought to their cars. The exact starting time varies somewhat depending on when the semi truck gets here, and how long it takes to unload and set up the tables. We usually try to start handing out the food around 4 p.m. and to complete at 6 p.m. Plan your arrival time so that you have time to check in—usually about half an hour.

There are some expenses we must pay for operating this program. We are especially grateful to many of the service organizations in Isanti County, as well as some of the area businesses and churches for contributing to this worthwhile program. We could not have operated without this community support. We especially want to thank The Shalom Shop for being a regular and generous contributor. The Shalom circle of kindness involves using volunteer labor to operate the Shop. They accept used clothing and supplies from our local citizens; sell the merchandise at very low prices; and then contributing their profits to local benevolent organizations such as the C.S.F.D. We are grateful for their support in allowing us to be one of their beneficiaries.

If you have any questions, or want more information, you may call CSFD at 763-691-9035

Dorothy J. Nelson
Cambridge

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