Hibbing Food Shelf Closing

Non-Profit to Shut its Doors at the End of March

HIBBING, Minn. – March is a big month for food shelves across Minnesota.  But one Iron Range community faces uncertainty as their food shelf is set to close.

The Hibbing Food Shelf hands out its last bags on March 29th after decades of serving the community.

The food shelf became its own non–profit organization in 2003.  But times got tough in recent years.

Cindy O’Conner started coming to the food shelf as a client, now she’s executive director.  She’s been volunteering for more than ten years, because she loves the way serving her community makes her feel.

“With my kids grown, it’s given me something to do,” said O’Conner.  “I enjoy the people I meet, the people I help.  When you help somebody and they leave here knowing that their family is going to eat that night, it really makes your day.”

The food shelf stayed open thanks to an entirely volunteer board and staff.  But recently, fewer people have been able to make the commitment to keep the food shelf running strong.

O’conner says clients are sad, but understanding.

“This has been a long time coming,” said O’Conner.  “We’ve been struggling for years and they’ve known it was coming.”
Hibbing won’t be without options once the food shelf closes.  Local churches and the Salvation Army will be there for those in need.

The food shelf is also still taking donations, and any food left at the end of the month will be sent to another food shelf.

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