Local vendors produce pounds of produce for CROSS Food Shelf

Recently, shipments of fresh produce from local supermarkets, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, have been arriving at CROSS Food Shelf in droves. Whole Foods, which opened a Maple Grove location on July 17, has already donated over 1,850 pounds and 4,000 pounds of bakery goods to CROSS.

In addition, local farms and community gardens have been donating food via the Maple Grove and Roger’s farmer’s markets.

In recent years, Lord of Life Lutheran Church has consistently been one of the largest contributors of produce during the summer months. Each summer, the church donates large quantities of fresh produce grown in their LifeGARDEN, the first community garden of its kind in Maple Grove. The garden, which was planted in 2010, donated over 8,000 pounds of vegetables to CROSS in its first season alone.

Meanwhile, the annual CROSS school supply drive is still in full swing. CROSS is beginning to distribute backpacks, but is still accepting donations. The food shelf asks people to think of the numerous challenges already faced by children in need on a daily basis and implore them to help ensure that the children will have one less obstacle to overcome in the pursuit of a good education. Visit the CROSS website for more information.

CROSS Food Shelf provides food, clothing, seasonal children’s programs, limited financial assistance, and Meals on Wheels to families living in the communities of Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers and west Champlin. Now based in Rogers, CROSS has been operating for nearly four decades and serves over 600 families each month. For more information, contact CROSS at 763-425-1050 or visit CROSSservices.org.