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Stocking the Shelves: Anoka employees give pounds and bucks to local food shelf


Another March FoodShare Campaign is bagged up, delivered and on the shelves of the Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC) pantry in Anoka. Vista’s Anoka employees have been organizing and donating to this annual food drive for over 20 years, benefiting the local food shelf.

This year was no different. Vista employees donated 120 pounds of food and over $1,000 during Federal’s food drive, which spanned from March 11-22. ACBC was thankful for the donation and especially appreciative to receive it in March, as it will be matched by Greater Minneapolis Community Connections.

“We choose March because of the March FoodShare campaign. The timing was crucial in getting a partial match of all donations.  That makes our dollars and food donations go that much further, helping more people,” said Diana Bristlin, Federal HR, the main organizer of the event.

At the time of donation on Friday, March 29, ACBC had reached $48,000 in donations eligible for the match. Vista’s contribution will increase that number.

“I feel blessed to have a job that allows me to provide for my family.  I know there are a lot of people that aren’t so blessed, and this is one way I can help,” she said.

“It feels good to give as a group. It makes us proud to work at Federal.”


About ACBC

The Anoka County Brotherhood Council provides a variety of food – fresh produce, eggs, bread and canned items – as well as some personal and pet care items to residents of Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Nowthen, Ramsey, and Champlin. The food has been donated by the local community or purchased though one of the food banks. The local nonprofit has been providing emergency food and clothing to area residents of Anoka County for 45 years. For more information on ACBC, visit their website.