Food Shelf


St. John Lutheran Church continues its mission of hosting the Maple River Loaves and Fishes food shelf. The mission of the Maple River Loaves and Fishes Food Shelf (MLRF) is "to provide supplemental food assistance to people in need; living, working or having children enrolled in the Maple River School District". The MRLF is staffed by volunteers from 9 local churches and is open to serve clients from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:00 a.m.-Noon on Saturdays. Ross Peterson represents St. John on the MRLF board of directors and thus is charged with recruiting volunteers from our church. Opportunities for church members to participate, include volunteering and donating food and/or cash.



March Campaign

It's time to gear up for the largest statewide food and fund drive to help restock MN food shelves. The MN Food Share March Campaign is the annual food and fund drive involving the 300 food shelves around the state. 2021 March Campaign runs from Mar 1st through April 11thThe March Campaign is the only statewide food and fund drive that raises more than half the food distributed by the 300 food shelves.


The March Campaign also matches the dollar amount donated throughout the month of March. Remember, for every dollar you donate, we can buy $10 worth of food using our network which includes Second Harvest, Dietz Foods and other organizations. 100% of your money stays in the Maple River area, and 96% goes directly to food. There is no paid staff at MRLF, so you can be assured that your generous gifts are being used for food in our area.


As a reference, 46% of our clients are from Mapleton, 21% from Amboy, 18% from Good Thunder, 10% from MN. Lake.

Did you know hunger is still a problem in Minnesota?

Nearly one in eleven Minnesotans experience food insecurity.

12.5% of children in Minnesota are food insecure.

9.5% of Minnesotans live below the poverty level.

Over 3,000,000 visits are made to Minnesota food shelves each year

96% of contributions go directly to food purchases.


What to collect:

Cash Donations – Easier to collect and deliver. Cash also gives us more flexibility to acquire perishable items like fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

Maple River Loaves and Fishes is located in the back of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mapleton. Our mailing address is PO Box 227, Mapleton, MN 56065 and the phone number is 507-524-3046. Our hours are 3-6pm on Tuesdays and 9-noon on Saturdays.


How to give:

Maple River Loaves and Fishes

PO Box 227

Mapleton, MN, 56065


Thank you!

Jon Klenk

Executive Director

Maple River Loaves and Fishes Food Shelf

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