THE BIG LAKE FOOD SHELF has triple the freezer space, thanks to a donation of two new freezers from Connexus Energy. Pictured are Connexus Energy’s Samantha Neral and Food Shelf Director Amy Robertson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Food shelf benefactor of 2 'big shelves'

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


The Big Lake Food Shelf received a donation of two brand new commercial quality freezers, valued at just over $10,000, from Connexus Energy.
“Now we have three times the freezer space than we did before,” said Food Shelf Director Amy Robertson.
The extra freezer space allows the food shelf to take advantage of opportunities to purchase larger quantities of meat from Second Harvest.
‘We can buy big boxes for less than $5,” said Robertson. “It is good to have cash donations, but we still need those donations of non-perishable food items too.” 
Last week the food shelf received a donation of 300 pounds of food from the Big Lake Fire Dept., which was collected at their open house.
Connexus Energy has helped other local food shelves with donations too. In additions to the donations made to the Big Lake Food shelf, they have donated to the food shelves in Princeton, Cambridge, East Bethel and Anoka over the last two years, said Communications and Community Relations Specialist Samantha Neral.
“We like to be able to help out the communities we serve,” she said.
The Big Lake Food Shelf is always in need of volunteers to stock shelves and sort out food supplies for families in need. 
“We do have some wonderful volunteers,” said Amy. “But we can always use more.”
Anyone interested in volunteering at the food shelf should contact Robertson at(763) 263-2432.


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