The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation (GWBLCF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. The two organizations recently signed an agreement establishing the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf Endowment Fund.  

Andrea Kish-Bailey, food shelf executive director, said, “This year the WBAEFS is celebrating 40 years of service to the communities of White Bear. We are pleased to commemorate this milestone by creating an endowment fund with the GWBLCF. By establishing an endowment, we are guaranteeing to be here for our neighbors who need us in the future.” In any given month in 2016, 590 families visited the food shelf for food and support. Of the 3,420 individuals served during the year, 57 percent were children.

“Since 1977, the Food Shelf has been a valuable and respected asset in our community, with great leadership and volunteers dedicated to serving their neighbors in the White Bear area,” said Bill Foussard, foundation board chair. “The Foundation is excited to partner with them and looks forward to helping with the growth of their endowment.”

The new food shelf fund joins the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Endowment Fund which was established at the foundation in 2016. Individuals interested in contributing to either of these funds may do so by contacting the foundation.

The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen the lives of the individuals and families in the communities that share the shores of White Bear Lake. One of its purposes is to provide a home for permanent funds established by other nonprofit organizations as a way of providing long-term sustainability. Agency endowments return annual distributions to that organization while the principal continues to grow.