April 2, 2015 at 3:06 p.m.

Hiram Lodge 287 making a difference for area food shelves

Hiram Lodge 287 making a difference for area food shelves
Hiram Lodge 287 making a difference for area food shelves

Members of Lindstrom’s Hiram Lodge 287 raised an impressive $6,631 for Family Pathways’ Chisago Lakes Area Food Shelf.  As part of the “Double your Donation” community fundraiser these funds were matched by Minnesota Masonic Charities, bringing the total to $13,262.  Hiram Lodge members Jay Albright, Don Drum, Bruce Hagberg, Brian Hoffman, Jon Meredith, and Jerry Rhoads were happy to present the donation to Family Pathways Staff Member Raechel  Cagle.

Lodge member Hoffman took the lead again this year in organizing the successful campaign to help local families and individuals struggling.  He said, “This is our fouth year and since beginning this drive, families served have gone up 30 percent and food distributed has gone up 83 percent.  We just know we are doing good and wanted to continue that help.  Needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food every year due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, and illness.  Thanks to a great team effort with community partners we are glad to be making a difference.”

Family Pathways Chisago Lakes Area Food Shelf serves residents in Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer and Taylors Falls.  In addition to providing monthly food supplements to make ends meet, the food shelf also has a Food 4 Kids week-end meal program and Summer Lunch program to help families with children when school is not in session.  Also, during the holidays ingredients to make a holiday meal are made available to food shelf clients.  

Every Monday throughout the year, Family Pathways partners with local area churches to provide a free Community Meal served at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City.

To learn more about free community outreach programs, to volunteer or to donate visit familypathways.org or call Family Pathways Administrative Office at 877-321-7100.  For individuals interested in joining over sixty community minded members of the Hiram Lodge 287 please call Brian Hoffman at 651-728-2041 or Jay Albright at 651-257-9941.

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