^ Produce display before interior remodeling began.
^ Produce display after remodeling with donated shelving to hold colorful bins and a larger selection of fruits and veggies.
^ The bright and well-organized resource area after remodeling.
Healthy Eating in Communities Partner Story:
Look good, feel good at the Red Wing Food Shelf.
In 2015, the Red Wing Food Shelf was awarded a $2,500 grant from Live Well Goodhue County to make specific improvements. Specific areas included improving nutritious offerings, enhancing the look of our produce section, revising our information cards, and creating a new website.
Our board of directors fully supported the changes that were to be made, so we began. We improved nutrition by deciding to make changes in our food purchasing. Our policy now includes buying only 1% milk; whole grain cereal, pasta and rice; lower sugar, sodium and saturated fat foods; high protein foods; and offerings rich in fiber whenever we can.
To enhance the look and display of produce and encourage selection by our clients, we formed a task force of Produce Champions. Fifteen of us met to brainstorm ways to accomplish this. We were fortunate that our volunteer group consisted of an interior designer and a retired retail set-up manager. The outcome of this group's work is an eye-pleasing, fresh, and friendly appearing room for our clients and volunteers with new (donated) shelving, colorful produce bins, and a wonderful grocery store appearance. Our Produce Champions take pride in attractively arranging fruits and vegetables from which client households may choose.
"Serendipitously, by setting out to improve one thing, EVERYTHING was enhanced. We even purchased new chairs and desks using funds from our regular budget to complete the new look. Everyone really enjoys our upgraded space."
Our new information cards are in English and Spanish and have information for clients, donors and future volunteers - all important stakeholders in the mission of the food shelf.
Our new website is user friendly for all users and stakeholders as well. Anyone visiting our website at www.redwingfoodshelf.org will find our hours of operation, qualifications needed, ways to volunteer and donate. The images are colorful and engaging. We will be working to ensure it is updated regularly.
The outcome of our grant from Live Well Goodhue County will help us provide improved nutritional offerings as well as an enhanced experience for clients and volunteers alike.