What an impact the North Star Ski Touring Club has made for our neighbors struggling with hunger! For the past decade, this group has been volunteering monthly with The Food Group. Every third Thursday of the month from 9:30 – 11:30 am, the North Stars can be counted on to pack whatever food is needed. North Star volunteers come from all over the metro, from White Bear Lake to Mendota Heights.
Since 1967, the North Star Ski Touring club has been organizing Nordic Ski tours. They also organize biking, hiking, canoeing or whatever the weather conditions will allow. In addition to volunteering at The Food Group, the North Stars also help with a variety of hiking and ski-related projects.
Al Mayer, 90 years young, is the group organizer. Way back, 25-30 years ago, Al was a volunteer with a group of Prudential Employees at another food bank. Over time, Al became the coordinator for the group. As members grew older and were no longer volunteering, Al replaced those volunteers with North Stars. About 10 years ago, Al brought the volunteers over to The Food Group. The rest is history!
From a volunteer coordinator’s perspective, it’s great to have regular North Star volunteers to help in the warehouse. We can save time giving orientations and trainings, as these North Stars have developed the valuable skills to operate efficiently as box builders, food packers, palletizers, can labelers and cardboard compactors.
Al and the group like coming to The Food Group because they know they’re doing good and they feel appreciated. Over the course of this past year, the North Stars logged 166 hours of volunteer service and packed 89,230 pounds of Mega Meats, Produce Packs, Holiday Packs, Mini Meats and canned vegetables for our community. Incredible!
Hats off to the North Stars for their stellar years of volunteer service, helping to fight hunger and nourish our community!
This post was written by Dan Johnson, The Food Group’s Volunteer Coordinator. Questions about volunteering? Contact Dan.