The food shelf’s ‘most dependable’ volunteer
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of feature stories on local volunteers and volunteer opportunities. The series kicked off the week of April 21-27, National Volunteer Week.
Earlier this year, a snow storm blanketed the Perham area, making it nearly impossible for the staff and volunteers of the Perham Food Shelf to make it in time for the 8:30 a.m. opening.
But one volunteer, Lloyd Shultz, wasn’t about to let the storm stop him. Instead, he threw on his winter coat and boots, put one foot in front of the other, and tromped on over.
“I couldn’t make it in until late. Lloyd walked through the snow storm to open up,” said Director John Leikness. “We had 23 families that showed up during the storm.”
That wasn’t the first time Shultz has shown his dedication to the food shelf.
“Lloyd’s been the cornerstone of the department. He does an excellent job,” said Larry Olson, a fellow volunteer.
Shultz has been volunteering at the food shelf for five or six years, to the best of his recollection.
“I enjoy working with the people in here and helping people in the community who are less fortunate,” he said last week while taking a quick break from his usual job in the freezer department, where he’s often found working alongside Olson.
“I get to meet the people and give them a bad time,” he chuckled.
Shultz retired from Lund Boats seven years ago. He got his start at the food shelf when he went there to drop off some plastic bags on his wife’s behalf.
As it turned out, “I just stayed,” he said with a smile.
Currently, he volunteers at the food shelf every Tuesday from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and works a similar shift one Thursday per month.
“He’s probably the most dependable volunteer” at the food shelf, Leikness said. “His overall demeanor with clients is great – he treats them with respect and makes them feel good.”
Shultz is quick to point out the generosity of others when discussing the food shelf: “There are a lot of generous businesses, and the churches and schools help a lot.”
Olson agreed: “The generosity of the community has been unreal.”