A mobile food shelf in Cass County has found a temporary home.
The Cass Lake Area Learning Center has partnered with local churches to box foods for underprivileged families. Pat Rendle, principal of the Area Learning Center, said, “One of the kids came up to me and said they’re looking for a place to have the food shelf next month. Ever since then, we’ve been running it here.”
Jennifer Morrow, a student at the ALC, says she thinks lending a helping hand is important and that “every little bit helps.”
The students and volunteers from churches like Trinity Lutheran help serve around 220 families each month. One of the volunteers, Ila Senn, said, “Without the students, I don’t think us that are over 70 could do this.”Rendle believes the students at ALC are the brawn of the operation, and Trinity Lutheran is the brains.
“When we first got into this business we thought it was going to be maybe a novelty and our kids might think, ‘Let’s move on,’ and instead it’s been the opposite,” said Rendle.
And even though the students might think they are just lending a helping hand, the volunteers believe they are walking away with a valuable lesson. “They see the value,” said Rendle. “They treat everyone with respect and dignity. It’s just been fantastic.”
Senn adds, “The comments that come back are that they are really happy to be doing this and that gives me joy.”
Trinity Lutheran Church and the Area Learning Center hope the food shelf will find a permanent home, and continue to grow and serve more families throughout Cass County.