We’re Stronger Together

Sackett-Waconia has recently donated to the Waconia Food Shelf in order to help those in need near our Minnesota locations. Our Waconia and Norwood Young America branches have been supporting local charities for many years, and this past Christmas, employees donated $4000 to the Food Shelf, bringing their total giving to over $40,000 over the last nine years. The 2018 donation is being used to launch the Healthy Meal Kit program, which is a “grab and go” option with everything that’s needed to prepare a family’s healthy meal for the evening.

During the holidays, donated food stocks shelves for the cold winter months while cash donations go toward the purchase of hams and a holiday meal for food shelf clients. The Waconia food shelf also sets up “Grab and Go” bags stuffed with everything a family needs for a holiday meal. “Bags include the recipe, (which) are nutritionally sound, and approved by a nutritionist from public health,” said Marty Cramer the Director of the Waconia Food Shelf. “The clients love them!”

As a corporation, we give to charities and various organizations that work to improve the Ag Industry. We believe that supporting our industry and those in our communities is as important as the job we do for our customers. We encourage everyone to reach out and help those around you. It goes without saying, but as an industry and community – we are stronger together.

About the Waconia Food Shelf

The Waconia Food Shelf is committed to serving our families in a pleasant, dignified environment. They make an effort to provide a variety of foods from which our families can choose, to promote healthy eating. While their main mission is providing food, they also provide information on a variety of resources available in the state and county that might be helpful to those that they serve.

The Waconia Food Shelf came into being after a local businesswoman the need and began distributing food from her business location. It soon became apparent the need was more than what she could meet on a personal basis. Local churches were contacted through the ministerium and they began the search for a location and resources to set up a local food shelf. After securing the space by renting from St. Joseph’s Church with financial help from the churches for rent, obtaining shelves and a freezer as a donation, as they moved their store to the highway location, and many volunteers to ready the space and train volunteers, the shelf opened in July of 2003.

The Waconia Food Shelf is operated in part by over 100 volunteers including board members, volunteer coordinators, site workers, and delivery persons. Currently, we assist clients living in the communities of Waconia, New Germany, Victoria, Cologne and St. Bonifacius.

Find out more, or make a donation at https://www.waconiafoodshelf.org/