Outreach Food Shelf in Alexandria celebrates 40-year milestone

Tours, food, fun, music and history.

Tom Sinning, right, talks to a tour group about how food shelf items were once stored in the attic of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria. The tours were part of the Outreach Food Shelf's 40-year celebration on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Al Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — They're called Hunger Heroes — the ones who have volunteered a lot of their time and energy into helping the Outreach Food Shelf in Alexandria.

On Wednesday, June 29, the food shelf celebrated its 40th year and honored the Hunger Heroes with food, fun, music and history.

Currently, the food shelf has more than 50 active volunteers.

Tours of the food shelf – from its 1982 beginnings in the attic of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church church to its current location – were provided by Tom Sinning.

Today, the Outreach Food Shelf sits in its own space at 1205 Lake Street in Alexandria but its mission remains the same — providing food to help hungry families in the area.


The food shelf accepts food donations. Donations can be dropped off before 2 p.m. at ​1205 Lake Street. Items it needs the most: pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned meat, soup, rice, peanut butter, oil, flour and sugar.

Cash donations may be mailed to: ​Outreach Food Shelf, 1205 Lake Street, Alexandria MN 56308.

Food and shade were offered to those attending the celebration of the Outreach Food Shelf's 40th anniversary on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Al Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

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