The New Hope Food Shelf’s food drop program began Wednesday, March 18 and will offer lunch and dinner thru Friday for kids and families in need until the Crookston School District starts their food service program Monday, March 23. After the schools’ breakfast and lunch program begins, the food drop program will switch to dinners Monday thru Friday plus Food Shelf Coordinator Rachel Laferriere says anyone in need of food for the weekend can get a box from the food shelf.

    Tri-Valley’s T.H.E. Bus will also offer free rides to and from the food shelf for the next three weeks.

    Food drop volunteers will be doing drops at 12 locations in all of Crookston’s six wards for a half-hour each day for each meal. Times will be from 12-12:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. until March 23 and then will be solely at 6 p.m. for dinner. The number of locations could change based on the need and response from the community.

    Locations, at this time, include:

    • Ward 1 - REM parking lot (South Minnesota Street/Central Avenue South) and Eugene Field Park (Woodland Avenue/North Minnesota Street)

    • Ward 2 - Schuster Park (Memorial Drive/Groveland Avenue) and Washington School parking lot (Birch Street)

    • Ward 3 - Highland Park Complex (Barrette Street/Summit Avenue) and North Acres Estates entrance (Charles Street)

    • Ward 4 - Wildwood Park (Myrtle Street/Hurlbut Street/Bertha Street) and Crookston Public Library parking lot (North Ash Street)

    • Ward 5 - Carman Park (3rd Avenue South/Erskine Street) and Old Museum Park (Washington Avenue/Jerome Street)

    • Ward 6 - Alexander Park (Alexander Street/4th Avenue NE) and Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot (Barrette Street/Eickhof Blvd)

    There will be gluten-free options available and allergy requests should be sent to Rachel Laferriere at rachelcarenshare@outlook.com, by calling Rachel at (218) 281-2644 or send a message on the New Hope Food Shelf Facebook page.

    Volunteers are needed to help pick up food and hand out food at the drop sites. Contact Rachel for more information or sign up directly on the New Hope Food Shelf Facebook page.

    Donations are also being accepted to help make sure enough families are fed. They will accept gift cards for Hugo’s and Walmart, bags and boxes for the food that will be delivered, gloves and masks for the volunteers, and people can donate and make food such as bars, cookies, sandwiches, casseroles, juice boxes, etc.