To the editor:
I am the Executive Director of the New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf. The past few months we have been offering a surplus day for area residents. I have heard back good and bad things about this surplus. I would like to clear up a few things about the Surplus Day.
The food that we give out on those days is delivered to us that same day from Second Harvest Heartland (our Food Bank) it is not any of the food that we collect through food rescue, donations or local food drives. Second Harvest Heartland offered this opportunity to our Food Shelf this spring, they wanted to get the product out to people in need regardless of where they live and how much they earn, the goal is to give fresh produce out to the people in need. Second Harvest Heartland gets a lot of bulk items donated to them from bulk produce growers, corporations, large farms, grocery supply companies. When it is a fresh product, they need to turn it over quickly.
Our last Food Surplus Day on June 10, we were delivered tomatoes, grapes, potatoes and bread and pastries, which we gave out that day. With this opportunity we were able to serve 98 families, we saw an increase in the amount of senior citizens and children served. We will continue to offer this once a month through October when the growing season slows down.
If anyone has questions about this surplus, I will be more than happy to answer them, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-354-7668.
Brad "Sarge" Kirk