Community joins forces to restock food shelf

Valley Outreach is partnering with a number of area employers, schools and churches to promote non-perishable food collections in a bid to replenish the food shelf in March.

Items most needed include 100 percent juice, canned meat and fish, hearty soups, peanut butter and cereal.

Public collection sites include the Stillwater and Bayport Public Libraries and the city offices in Bayport, Lake Elmo and Stillwater. A list of collection sites may be found at www.valleyoutreachmn.org or people may drop off donations at Valley Outreach between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pet food collections are taking place at Cedar Pet Clinic in Lake Elmo. Lift Bridge Brewery is offering weekend brewery tours and people donating a canned food item will get a spot during the month of March. Rose Floral and Greenhouse is hosting their Spring Garden Party on March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With a non-perishable food donation, donors will receive a free tulip bouquet, a sample of cake from Joseph’s Restaurant and coffee from Caribou Coffee.

Financial contributions are also being directed toward the March campaign, with every $1 donated purchasing $10 of food through buying partners used by Valley Outreach.

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