Local food shelf receives generous donation from Rotary Clubs

Aundrea Kinney/Review • From left to right, Jason Hanlon representing Stillwater Sunrise Rotary; Jim Stevenson, president of Woodbury Rotary; Greig Metzger, Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf director; John Buettner, Lake Elmo grant chairperson; Tedi Carlson, president of Lake Elmo Rotary; and Larry Probst the grant mentor of Woodbury Rotary.

The Lake Elmo Rotary Club presented the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf a $21,700 check March 7, to help the nonprofit purchase new refrigerators and freezers.

Christian Cupboard recently moved from the basement of Woodbury Lutheran Church to its own building in Oakdale on the property of Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 Fourth St. N. One of the goals for the move was to be able to provide food assistance to more people in need. To that end, the new building was designed to accommodate several refrigerators and freezers, which help Christian Cupboard offer more fruit, vegetable and meat offerings to the residents of Oakdale, Woodbury, Landfall and the southern leg of Maplewood.

According to Greig Metzger, the food shelf’s director, Christian Cupboard used the money to purchase two new freezers and five new refrigerators. Now the nonprofit has 12 machines total: five, double-door freezers; six, double-door refrigerators and a single door refrigerator.

The machines were purchased at the end of 2017, so the nonprofit would be ready to go when it began operating out of the new building Jan. 18.

Although the Lake Elmo Rotary Club spearheaded the fundraising efforts, money also came from other nearby Rotary Clubs including Woodbury, Stillwater Sunrise, Maplewood-North St. Paul-Oakdale, Prior Lake, Hudson Noon and Roseville. Rotary District 5960 also donated $6,000 with a grant.

Tedi Carlson, the Lake Elmo Rotary club president, said the club first heard from John Schiltz, owner and chef at the Lake Elmo Inn, that Christian Cupboard was trying to raise money for the equipment. She added that it seemed like a good cause to support, so she applied for the Rotary District 5960 grant and contacted other clubs in the area, looking for donations.

In addition to raising funds, Lake Elmo Rotary club members plan to volunteer at the food shelf starting in April.

After being presented the check, Metzger thanked all of the Rotary Club members.

“I know it was a joint effort, a community effort to pull things together,” Metzger said. “We can’t do what we do without the support of the community and volunteers — and business organizations.”


– Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com

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