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Food shelf could get new home, too

Imelda Becker doesn't much care where the Farmington Food Shelf is moved to. She just knows it needs to be moved.

Becker has run the Farmington Food Shelf since 1992. Located in the Faith United Methodist Church, it is a community resource that serves about 60 families -- about 200 people -- every month.

The program, though, seems to be outgrowing the 400-square-foot space allocated at the church. And there's a few other factors, like the flight of steps volunteers must go up and down when deliveries arrive.

On Monday, Light of the World Church from Farmington brought in nearly 1,300 pounds of food. The food was delivered by a handful of church members, and was in a trailer borrowed from another church in Prior Lake. The food was loaded into bins in the trailer, but it took two and three people to carry the bins of food up the stairs.

And then the bins had to be emptied before they could be placed back in the trailer. At that point, another problem arose -- the food had to be sorted. In a borrowed room across the hall from the food shelf pantry, volunteers unloaded the goods, but had to then sort and haul them across to the pantry.

The process gets to be a bit tiring for Becker and her volunteers, many of whom are senior citizens. So when talk turned to possible uses for the old Farmington City Hall site during a Monday night Farmington City Council workshop, Becker made her plea.

"Please give us some consideration," she said.

City council members are considering making the old city hall the new home to Rambling River Center and perhaps a teen center to give bored teens somewhere to go.

"You talk about giving them something to do," Becker said. "We give them something to eat."

A suggestion was made that, if the Rambling River Center is moved to the old city hall, the food shelf could be moved into the current Rambling River Center space on Third and Spruce streets. Becker said she would be fine with relocating to that site.

For more on the Light of the World's food drive and donation, watch the video at

Michelle Leonard