Barbie Schmitz is the new Semcac food shelf manager in Caledonia.Photo courtesy of the Caledonia Argus
Barbie Schmitz is the new Semcac food shelf manager in Caledonia.

Photo courtesy of the Caledonia Argus
Caledonia resident Barbie Schmitz has just been promoted to the new Semcac food shelf manager in Caledonia.

Schmitz started at the food shelf in November according to an interview in the Caledonia Argus.

She never had any doubts about her new career there, she told the Argus in a recent interview.

Starting this month, the Semcac Food Shelf in Caledonia is offering expanded hours on Tuesday evenings.

The food shelf hours for 2013 will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, closing over the noon hour each day.

During the year, the food shelf receives a lot of referrals, but is also available to walk-ins that meet income requirements. It serves the elderly, the unemployed and low-income families.

The food shelf helps people in economically stressful times such as relocating, and it helps people facing emergency situations such as a fire, a sudden loss of a job, or when a spouse leaves their family without money for food.

Semcac's food shelf provides individuals and families with a variety of nutritious food and the opportunity to stretch limited households budgets. The food shelves are sustained by donations of dollars, food and personal care items. Donations are needed year-round!

To use the food shelf, a household's income should be at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. However, emergency food is available to any household experiencing a food crisis, regardless of household income.

If you have any questions please contact Schmitz at (507) 725-3677 or stop by 138 E. Main St. in Caledonia.

More about the food shelf

In a 2010 interview, retired manager Iyla Mulvenna told the Herald, "Spring Grove has been so good to give," noting that the food shelf receives abundant donations from Spring Grove churches, schools and particularly the Festival of Trees.

The food shelf's largest donation ever came from the Spring Grove School. Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove also gives more than any other church in the county to the food shelf.

The food shelf has been available to people in need for the past 20 years and falls under the umbrella of services offered by Semcac, a community action agency serving the counties of southeast Minnesota.

They take donations and serve people in need every day they are open. Occasionally they need extra volunteers, such as when they receive items from a large food drive.

The Houston County Food Shelf is always in need of Hamburger Helper, macaroni and cheese and Ramen Noodles, all favorites that fly off the shelves.

Most any food, household cleaning or personal care item that is not expired or damages if welcome for donation at the food shelf. The food shelf is also equipped with refrigerators and freezers and will also take perishable items.

Cash donations are always appreciated as the food shelf orders food from Channel One, Inc., a Rochester based food bank and food shelf, once each month. They pay 4 to 18 cents per pound of food.

Consider donating to the food shelf today.