Semcac Food Shelf seeking donations
For the past several months the Dodge County Food Shelf has been distributing more food than ever to meet the need for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Increased demand by community members, coupled with difficulties in obtaining food for distribution, has created shortages at the Food Shelf.
Semcac’s Amber Duncan, manager of the Food Shelf, said the organization is unable to order many popular bulk items from Channel One because that organization is also having trouble getting food for distribution to food shelves. They have also found it difficult to order bulk items from other sources, she said.
Among the items proving difficult to obtain are noodles and all types of pasta and rice, canned vegetables, especially carrots and corn, pasta sauces, beans and canned tuna.
Somewhat ironically, she said, the Food Shelf is well supplied with frozen meat including pork, chicken, beef and fish.
“The freezers are packed full,” she said.
Food Shelf officials have often said that while actual food donations are always welcome, monetary donations do allow them to purchase more food. Now, Duncan said, that while monetary donations are still needed, it is also important to donate food items.
Individuals who would like to help, Duncan said, should drop food off at the Food Shelf location, 105 Mantorville Ave. S., Kasson, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Interested organizations and businesses can also set up drop off sites for individuals to leave food to be delivered to the food shelf.
Among the local businesses that has been helping provide food items to the Food Shelf is Kasson Eye Care, which has set a goal to provide 2020 cans of food to the shelf during 2020.
They are donating one canned item to the Food Shelf for every pair of frames that are sold and also accepting donations from the public.
Last week, they donated 68 cans of vegetables to the Food Shelf as their second quarter donation, said Dr. Christine Leska, plus other food donated by customers.
While the number was down from the first quarter, Leska said, she is hopeful the numbers will increase for the remainder of the year. Kasson Eye Care, like most businesses, was closed during the majority of the second quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were happy to get the other donations in,” Leska said.