Alexandria Salvation Army to provide Easter food boxes

The organization is teaming up with Elden's Fresh Foods, Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf, Tom's Market, Hearts and Hand Food Shelf and Northstar Bottled Water to give away the baskets.

Easter food basket distribution
In 2022, volunteers loaded baskets of food into a van during an Easter food box distribution at the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf in Alexandria.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

DOUGLAS AND POPE COUNTIES – The Salvation Army has teamed up with Elden's Fresh Foods, Outreach Food Shelf of Douglas County, Tom's Market, Hearts and Hand Food Shelf of Pope County and Northstar Bottled Water Solutions to give away free Easter food boxes to residents of Douglas and Pope counties.

People need to pre-register in order to reserve their box. Boxes include a half a ham, a 5-pound bag of potatoes, gravy, bread, vegetable and dessert. In Douglas County, there will be 200 boxes given away and in Pope County, there will be 75 boxes. Food boxes are available on a first come, first serve basis.

To reserve your box in either county, call one of the following phone numbers – 320-304-2706, 320-304-3486, 320-304-2855, 320-760-1343, 320-391-1254 or 320-391-1217. Lines are now open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1 and 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 and 8 p.m. Lines will be open until all boxes are spoken for.

The food distribution in Douglas County will take place on Thursday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Outreach Food Shelf, 1205 Lake St. in Alexandria. In Pope County, distribution will take place on Wednesday, April 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hearts and Hand Food Shelf, 206 6th Ave. NW in Glenwood.

One food box will be allowed per household.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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