ACBC Food shelf looking for qualifying seniors for free delivery

The ACBC Food Shelf is looking for homebound seniors who could benefit from free delivery service of food right to their home.

A partnership between the food shelf and Store to Door, a non-profit that recently received a grant to expand its services to more seniors who use food shelves, can make that happen.

Free delivery of groceries from the food shelf would be available once a month for homebound seniors over the age of 65 who meet the income qualifications for assistance from the food shelf, according to Jerri Loughry, executive director of ACBC Food Shelf.

“This is for people who are 65 and older, who have limited mobility and have issues getting out to get food,” Loughry said. “Most homebound seniors would meet the (income) qualifications.”

ACBC Food Shelf targets residents in Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and part of Champlin.

Once every 30 days, qualifying clients can choose a free three-day supply of food based on the size of their family.

Typically, Store to Door works with Cub Foods to deliver groceries and prescriptions to homebound seniors who pay for their items and a delivery charge.

When Store to Door partners with the food shelf, both the food and the delivery will be free.

In the past, Store to Door established similar partnerships with food shelves in Minneapolis and Plymouth, and along with ACBC Food shelf is also expanding to offer services to clients of Keystone Community Service in Ramsey County as well as Southern Anoka County Community Assistance, according to Andréa Kish-Bailey, a program manager with store to door.

Kish-Bailey said over the past year with its partnership with the Interfaith Outreach Community Partnership in Plymouth, Store to Door has been delivering to 40-50 food shelf clients each month.

The grant, which came from the state, will cover the cost of delivery for Store to Door’s paid staff, as well as vans and fuel.

Free service for qualifying seniors

A homebound senior with an income of less than $22,340 would qualify to use the food shelf, according to Loughry.

ACBC is looking for at least 10 homebound seniors to sign up for the Store to Door service, which Loughry said will start as soon as they have enough participants.

Delivery will take place on Mondays.

Store to Door approached the ACBC Food Shelf with this opportunity after it was awarded grant funds.

“This was really a pleasant surprise,” Loughry said. “We used to have volunteer drivers who would help pick up people and drive them to the food shelf, but that was discontinued over concerns about insurance.”

To sign up for the service, seniors should call the food shelf.

Loughry said they need at least 10 seniors to sign up to get the program started. Ideally, there would be delivery to at least 10 different seniors every single week.

Loughry said the ACBC Food Shelf continues to be busy, and numbers are on par with last year.

Approximately 830 families a month are served by the food shelf, which is located at 2615 Ninth Ave. in Anoka.

About 160 of those clients are seniors each month.

“We see a lot of those seniors coming in with walkers or canes,” said Loughry.

So free delivery would be welcome for many of those clients during an especially cold and snowy winter.

Loughry also said for those who are homebound and under the age of 65, a family member, friend or neighbor can do a pickup of groceries at the food shelf for them.

“All they have to do is become a client,” Loughry said and then a designee would be able to shop for groceries monthly.

Walk-in clients can visit the food shelf on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Call ahead appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. and Fridays 9-11 a.m.

A family of four with an income of $46,100 or less would qualify for assistance from the food shelf.

The best time to drop off donations is Monday or Wednesday mornings, 9-11 a.m., or by appointment. Loughry said as always, the food shelf is in need of the non-perishable staples including canned vegetables, soups and fruits.

For more information visit www.acbcfoodshelf.org or call 763-422-0046 to sign up for Store to Door Delivery or learn more about the ACBC Food Shelf.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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