Minnetonka, MN, September 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Sempris, LLC presented a check for $5,000 on Sept. 24 to ICA Food Shelf director Jayson Palm, for the construction of a larger food shelf, which incorporates an innovative and unprecedented grocery store model.
The new facility will look and feel like a classic grocery store, and utilize a point system that allows for frequent trips to the food shelf, once a week, rather than the typical once a month.
“This approach will give clients greater flexibility in choosing the groceries they need to feed their families,” Palm said. “It also continues to put the freshest produce and perishable items into their carts.”
Within the last decade, the poverty rate in the Twin Cities has doubled and is expected to continue rising at one of the fastest growing rates in the country. “We need to continue adjusting to the rapid growth so we are able to meet the hunger gap,” Palm said. “The new site will be essential to our efforts.”
Sempris chairman, president and CEO George S. Richards said, “Sempris is very proud to be part of a community that has such a strong history of taking care of our neighbors, and we’re glad to be able to contribute to this exciting and innovative new food shelf.”
ICA Food Shelf is a social service agency that offers food, financial assistance, job counseling and referrals to families in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.