MVEC donates refrigerators to Jordan Food Shelf

MVEC energy specialist Diane Schoenbauer, left, worked with Trudy Smith, director of the Jordan Food Shelf, in purchasing the new refrigerators.

Trudy Smith, director of the Jordan Food Shelf, opens a gleaming, stainless steel commercial refrigerator to reveal rows of milk cartons and a few dozen cabbages. “Isn’t it pretty?” she asks.

The Energy Star rated commercial refrigerator, as well as an energy-efficient residential refrigerator was installed at the food shelf Feb. 1, thanks to a donation of $4,557 from Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative.

Smith says she is thrilled with the new appliances, which allow the food shelf to have more perishable food on hand when clients come to choose food to supplement the cupboards and refrigerators in their own homes. The Jordan Food Shelf serves approximately 130 families a month, who are eligible to have 23 pounds of food a month per family member.

Smith has been the volunteer director since she was asked by Jordan churches and city officials to spearhead the creation of the Jordan Food Shelf in 2009. There are over 100 volunteers who take turns as well, either by helping when donated food deliveries arrive from Second Harvest on Tuesdays or by taking a shift during the Saturday shopping hours. Smith said some former recipients gladly come back to volunteer as a payback for the help they received.

“I truly believe the hand of God put this food shelf here,” said Smith, recalling the incidents that led her to take up the challenge. “We started out with no building, no money and no vehicle, so I’ve seen many miracles done here.”

The food shelf, located at 131 East 1st Street in downtown Jordan, is open to income-eligible families with Jordan addresses every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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