Hop on a hayride to benefit food shelf, Salvation Army

Throughout the month of September, the Family Pathways Food Shelf in Cambridge gave around 41,500 pounds of food to nearly 500 families.

Danny Schnabel, founder and organizer of the Hayride for Food Drive, invites the community to the eight-annual event to be held Oct. 15 in Cambridge at Bloomgren farms, just north of Cub Foods. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

The eighth annual Hayride for Food Drive will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Bloomgren Farms, 2675 337th Ave. NE, Cambridge (north of Cub Foods, watch for directional signs the day of the event).

Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food shelf in Cambridge, and any cash donations will be split between the food shelf and the local Salvation Army.

The event will consist of horse-drawn hayrides and tractor-drawn hayrides, kids games and activities, face painting, the crazy hair lady, raffle prizes, silent auction and baked goods and beverages. The silent auction will close around 4:30 p.m. and if winners are not present at the time, they will be notified by telephone if they have won the item they bid on.

Cambridge resident Danny Schnabel, founder and organizer of the Hayride for Food Drive, said nine hayrides (including handicap accessible) will be going the day of the event.

“I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have donated to this event in the past, and appreciate any continued supported they can give us,” Schnabel said. “We still need volunteers for the event and any donations, whether it’s a cash donation or an item for the raffle drawings or silent auction, is much appreciated.”

Volunteers are still needed for the event. If interested in volunteering or making a donation toward the event by donating a raffle item, silent auction item or baked goods, call 612-209-4469 or 763-243-3408.

Schnabel said approximately 800 people attended last year’s event that raised $4,700 in cash donations and 1,600 pounds of food. He explained new this year will be hot dogs for sale for $1 with the cash proceeds split between the food shelf and Salvation Army. 

Schnabel said he continues to have the event each year because the needs continues to be there.

“It’s a need for the community, both for the food shelf, the Salvation Army and the man upstairs,” Schnabel said. “Also, the kids continue to ask for it each year and we try to add something new each year.”

The first year the event was held in Schnabel’s neighborhood in Cambridge, but ever since then, it has been held at the Bruce and Barb Bloomgrem farm.

“It’s great they open up their farm and residence for us to do this,” Schnabel said. “I would also like to thank everybody who has helped us in the past and continues to help us each year. May God bless you all.”

Schnabel is also appreciated of all the businesses and volunteers who help make the event a success each year.

“Without the businesses and volunteers this event would not be a success,” Schnabel said. “I’m so glad you all continue to open up your hearts and hands to help with this event.”