Thank You to our Community Partners
Friends in Need Food Shelf extends a sincere thank you to our partners who have supported us throughout the years, allowing us to continue to provide fresh food, produce, non-perishable items and transportation services to our community members who turn to us in need. Your generous support is greatly appreciated!
Partner Spotlight: St. Paul Park Refining Company
Pictured in photo from left to right: Keith Franke, mayor of St. Paul Park (at the time the photo was taken), Michelle Rageth, executive director of Friends in Need Food Shelf, plus representatives from St. Paul Park Refining Co., Rick Hastings, VP/Refinery manager and Jason Akey, Assist Refinery manager.
The St. Paul Park Refining Company has been our biggest partner for more than 23 years. In 1995, the refinery allowed us to move into an old VFW that was on their property. We stayed there for 21 years and we were not charged rent or utilities, which allowed us to be much more generous in the food we gave our clients. The VFW developed roof issues that couldn’t be repaired and there were no existing vacant buildings in our service area that had the parking we needed, so the refinery decided to help us get into a new building. They sold us the land for $1 and helped us with $250,000 towards the down payment. Friends in Need took out a 20-year mortgage and the refinery is helping with the first 10 years. Without their amazing support, we would never have been able to afford this lovely facility that now serves 28,000 people a year! They have been such a blessing to FIN and we are so grateful to have them as a Community Partner.