The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club has supported CES Food Shelf for more than 20 years. Club members volunteer monthly to pack groceries for Home Delivery neighbors. The Club also financially supports CES, and we contribute hats and mittens each year to the Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts project. CES Staff Saundra and Krista were invited to join the Club’s meeting on January 18, where, together with Daily Bread Wellness founder Colleen Saumweber, they donated 139 pounds of food items to the food shelf.
At the meeting, Saumweber spoke about food insecurity and the important role that food plays in the lives of individuals in need of help, such as CES’s clients. Ms. Saumweber is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and chef. She pointed out that food reminds us that we belong to each other. Food is fuel. And food is fun. Ms. Saumweber then engaged Rotary members in a hands-on activity where they worked in groups to create a meal. The meal needed to address the specific nutritional needs for the fictional Freemont family. Working with actual product that represented a food shelf visit, it was difficult to meet the needs of the Freemonts.
Ms. Saumweber and her company donated the 139 pounds of food items from the aforementioned activity to CES’ food shelf! CES appreciates Ms. Saumweber’s dedication to health and wellness and her drive to educate others about food insecurity and thanks her and COL Rotary for the food donation.