This year marks the 40th anniversary of the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. Since 1977, the organization has been a cornerstone of the community and a critical resource for individuals and families in need. The WBAEFS is usually the “first stop for someone just starting to experience food insecurity,” says executive director Andréa Kish-Bailey.
Looking ahead to the next milestone, Kish-Bailey says she’d like to focus on mobile markets to expand services to places like assisted living communities and local schools, but for now, she shares a by-the-numbers look at all the work the food shelf does to combat hunger in the community.
5 staff members
10 communities served
114 active volunteers
590 families visit the food shelf each month
600 pounds of produce grown in garden per year
2,705 individuals served each month
36,000 pounds of food donated each month
45,000 pounds of food distributed each month
420,000 pounds of food donated per year
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf