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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Gifts to Catholic Charities MOBILE Food Shelf to be matched on Give to the Max Day
A food shelf isn’t a place you’d expect to find innovation, but in the name of helping those in need, Kathryn Stolpman, along with volunteers and staff at Catholic Charities Emergency Services have done just that.
A few years ago, Catholic Charities implemented a “choice” model of service. Instead of handing clients grocery bags full of items they may or may not use, clients choose from a selection.
“It’s a lot like grocery shopping, and much more respectful,” said Stolpman, the manager of Catholic Charities Emergency Services.
Catholic Charities latest innovation is a Mobile Food Shelf, to bring food to hungry people, instead of hungry people to food.
“Some of our clients are unable to travel, or have significant transportation challenges,” said Stolpman.
Catholic Charities worked with the St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority to bring a Mobile Food Shelf to the five largest HRA apartment buildings in St. Cloud. Stolpman said “We changed the system from trying to get people to the food shelf, to getting the food to the people.”
The initiative began with a grant from Hunger Free MN to purchase a vehicle. An AmeriCorps VISTA worker and a few dedicated volunteers organized the effort. Deliveries are now underway.
To support the effort, the Jim and Yvonne Sexton Family Foundation has donated $25,000 in matching funds for Give to the Max Day – November 13.
Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place.
Every year, thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes.
Stolpman said, “We’re just thrilled that the Jim and Yvonne Sexton family is providing this match for us, we’ve received requests from other locations to add Mobile Food Shelf service, but for right now, we just don’t have the resources.”
Matching donations can be pledged online beginning November 1 at www.ccstcloud.org