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Contact: Glennda Hedlund
The cost is $10.00 per plot, which covers the cost of tilling. The garden is City-owned and the City provides water irrigation. There is a meeting in early Spring to determine plots.
- Garden Location: East of Water Treatment Facility on 2nd Ave. S.
High School Pantry
St. James High School- Jose Galdamez
High School Pantry is a distribution center for food and toiletry items which is available for use by High School Students that are currently on a free or reduced lunch status at the high schools in Watonwan County. This program is funded in part by Second Harvest Heartland in cooperation with the Watonwan County Food Shelf program. Supplemental funds are provided by Watonwan County Human Services. This program accepts donations of items which can be used by the students.
The organization of volunteers are part of the Watonwan County Weekend Backpack program. The hours of operation are based on availability of volunteers and is coordinated with the High School Social Worker at all of the High schools in the county.
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The Kid’s Kafé is a summer food service program. It is federally funded by USDA. This program was established to provide nutritious meals to children during summer vacation when school lunch is not available.
This is free to all kids up to age 18.
St. James pick up is available at Northside and Armstrong front doors Monday – Friday from 11am – 12pm.
Butterfield pick up is available at the school kitchen door Monday – Friday 10:45am – 11:30am.
For Rural Route Delivery, please contact Abby at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-822-1777
Meals on Wheels/Senior Dining
(Lutheran Social Services)
St. James Community Building
505 1st Ave S, St. James, MN 56081
Senior dining is offered Monday through Friday at the Community Building. You can also have your meal delivered to your home by meals on wheels volunteers. For more information visit the City’s website at the link above or call.
Watonwan County Extension Office
108 8th St S, Suite 1,
St. James, MN 56081
contact: Luisa Trapero
University of Minnesota’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) helps low-income individuals and families make diet and lifestyle choices to improve their health and prevent obesity. SNAP-Ed teaches local classes to show participants how to shop for and prepare quick, easy, and healthy meals. SNAP-Ed educators also help communities create and sustain environments that support people in their efforts to eat healthier foods and become more physically active. The classes are free to all participants and available throughout the year in Watonwan County at several area locations. Please call to get information about future classes.
Watonwan County Food Shelf
113 7th street S. St. James, MN 56081
Watonwan County Food Shelf is open every Thursday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Regular Hours – Every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Donations can be sent to PO Box 123 St. James, MN 5608
No referral is needed.
Weekend Backpack Program
Pat Kirchner (Social Worker at Northside Elementary)
Watonwan County Weekend Backpack Program is a program which provides a variety of food items to students in the Butterfield, Madelia and St. James School Systems (Public and Private). The students qualify for the program if they are receiving free or reduced and their parents or guardians make application for the program. The school social workers process the applications on a need-to-know basis. The food for the program is purchased from the local grocery stores in Watonwan County with funds donated by the general public. Corporate food donations are made by Downs Food Group. The ordering of the food, packaging of same and delivery to the schools is all done by volunteers. The social workers distribute the food in a discrete manner. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is the fiscal host for the program and all donations are tax deductible. Donation can be mailed to P.O. Box 124 St. James, MN 56081.