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Food shelf submits funding request to County Board

The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf is asking for an $11,500 contribution from McLeod County in 2018, the County Board heard at its Tuesday meeting.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the request would be referred to the county’s budget committee, with a cautionary statement that the county’s goal is to “hold the budget flat” to its 2017 expenditures.
Lloyd Graupmann, secretary of the food shelf’s board of directors, said the nonprofit service has had increased demands for service, and has been spending cash above the food donations it receives to make sure that needs are met.
Graupmann said the food shelf began deficit spending when the economy tanked in 2009, and had an operating loss each year after that until 2016, which it showed a profit of $20,947. But that profit, Graupmann said, was helped by two factors — the food shelf made a decision to reduce the amount of food a recipient gets by 15 percent, and the food shelf received a bequest from Joyce Beytien in the amount of $45,186.
Graupmann also noted that a $480,000 bequest from Geraldine Tews in 2012 helped the food shelf weather the lean years of the recession.

See the full story in the July 19 edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.