Summer 17 

Food Distribution in Pope County

Food distribution serves 95 families, 259 people

Last week's free food distribution at the Starbuck Community Center took several weeks of careful planning and an enormous volunteer effort to make it happen, and organizers say it was a great success.

In all, 95 families were served. Those 95 families include a total of 259 individuals who will benefit from the plentiful load of food and items given away.

Gine Hagestuen, of Starbuck, is a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program member who coordinated last Thursday's event.

Excitedly, Hagestuen said, "So many people did so much - the list is endless. And everyone was so cheerful about it. A lot of people went away smiling - both volunteers and recipients."

The free food distribution included many items, such as: pasta and sauce, packaged dinners, tuna, fresh tomatoes, frozen french fries, cake mixes, children's drinks, personal care items, homegrown squash from Mark Thompson and more.

Plus, approximately 90-100 half-gallons of milk were distributed.

"We gave it all away," Hagestuen said. "Everybody walked away with lots of food."

Next year, Hagestuen said, an effort will be made to allow local gardeners to donate their produce to the free food distribution event. She said she hopes gardeners will plant extra in the spring to donate in the fall.

West Central MN Communities Action, and the North Country Food Bank, as well as, Pope County Public Health and Human Services, local Lions Clubs and Horizon Groups coordinated the food giveaway.

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