BLUE EARTH - The 5th Annual Darling International/KBEW 98 Country "Jam the Food Shelf" aims to replenish local stocks just in time for the summer rush.
Jam the Food Shelf is set 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Putnam Park in Blue Earth, said Michelle Hall, one of the organizers.
Any donation earns free swimming from 6-9 p.m.
LOADING?UP — Cornelia Hagedorn arranges donations at last year’s Darling International/KBEW 98 Country Jam the Food Shelf event. This year’s event will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Putnam Park.
Last year's Jam the Food Shelf collected 2,336 items and more than $3,000.
"We're looking to restock the food shelf because kids are home from school and need three meals a day," Hall said.
During the school year, children are provided with breakfast and lunch. In the summer, that supply line isn't available.
"Now, they're having all of it at home," Hall said. "That can be quite a burden for some families."
Folks can drive up and drop off their non-perishable items or cash.
"They don't even have to get out of their car," Hall said. "If they want to get out and visit with us, we'll be sitting under the canopy."
In addition to conversation, people can win prizes.
"If you stop by, sign up for a set of four Adventureland tickets in Des Moines," Hall said. "We're also raffling off Twins tickets donated by Darling, a set of four behind home plate. They say if you say something to the ump he will hear you."
Bidders can call through the day to raise the bid. High bid at the end of the day wins.
She is hoping for a good turnout, lots of donations and good weather.
"We've had one nice year so far; had bad luck with the weather," Hall said.