BCFS seeks volunteer drivers

Bemidji Community Food Shelf is seeking volunteers to drive our truck to our food bank in East Grand Forks. No lifting is required. Trips will be approximately every 2-3 weeks. Days are flexible. BCFS will cover the cost of the required DOT exam. Must have a current MN license and a clean driving record. If interested, please call Mary at 218-444-6580.

Welcome to the Farm at the Food Shelf!

This was a wonderful year for growing! The 2020 harvest is in at The Farm at the Food Shelf and it was an outstanding year. Despite challenges involving the loss of volunteer groups and organizations due to COVID-19, nearly 15,000 pounds of produce was harvested for area families, a new record for the farm. Thank you to the many wonderful and dedicated volunteers who stepped up to ensure the health of our community. Thank you too, to our financial supporters for understanding the value of this amazing project.

2020 Friend of the Farm Award

And…..the BCFS 2020 Friend of the Farm Award goes to….CHRIS TOWER!
For the last several years, Chris has spearheaded the planting and growing of seedlings for the Farm at the Food Shelf. Many of these were sold at the annual plant sale with proceeds going to the Farm, and the remaining plants were planted on the Farm. In addition, this year he built raised beds and created a large rain garden. Chris is a member of our Farm Vision Committee. We are so grateful for his dedication to our community!

Here’s the man himself receiving his Friend of the Farm Award today from Executive Director Mary and Farm Manager Dorothy.

Reopening our Building

We are excited to share the news that we will be reopening our building starting 10 a.m. Monday, October 5. Please be patient with us as we navigate a new system and attempt to limit the number of people in the building. Masks and social distancing will be mandated for everyone. Our hours of operation will continue to be M and W 10 a.m – 3 p.m. until further notice.

We will offer a prepacked box, and choices of frozen and refrigerated items, baked goods, and produce.

Here is how it will work: Customers will park in the north parking lot, across from the field. They will take a number from the dispenser under the portico and return to their vehicle. When the electronic display in the window shows their number, they may enter the building. We will be returning to interviews again so having an ID is a good idea.

If you take the bus, please call us to make an appointment at 218-444-6580.

Summer Daze

We are all a little dazed with everything that is going on – from the corona virus to social unrest and change – so it’s nice to have a little normalcy in our lives. I am finding that in green and growing things. Thanks to the work of our Farm Manager Dorothy, and several wonderful volunteers, we have been able to plant an acre and a half with vegetables and over three acres of cover cropping. Here are some pictures of our beautiful Farm at the Food Shelf. If you would like to volunteer please call Dorothy at 444-6580, extension 23.

Our Raised Bed Area

Volunteers make it happen!