In July, Montevideo’s Coborn’s establishment closed its doors for good, leaving the community with one less location in which to get groceries and produce

In July, Montevideo’s Coborn’s establishment closed its doors for good, leaving the community with one less location in which to get groceries and produce. Before Coborn’s closed, they had previously been a large contributer to the Chippewa County Food Shelf. Fully 30 percent of contributions to the food shelf came from Coborn’s.

Sam Lye, Chippewa County Food Shelf Coordinator, said: “Coborn’s leaving the community has made a big impact on the Food Shelf. In addition to the contributions, the shelf lost valuable workers and volunteers, who as individuals,  worked at Coborn’s and part-time at the food shelf . They left the community to work at other Coborn’s establishments.”

Although the community lost Coborn’s, food shelf usage has remained the same, and so far, distribution has kept up. The shelf continues to hand out Better Together packaged meals, and in return have received many positive comments.

“Donations increased some since the Hunger Walk, which raised over $1,100, along with more awareness,” said Vicki Poier, volunteer for the food shelf. “This year’s Hunger Walk was a big success.”

It was further clarified at the Walk that garden fresh produce was a welcomed donation, and since then the food shelf has received a large amount of produce from local gardeners.

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