Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Solidarity Food Shelf is a modest 24/7 self-serve food and clothing shelf set up on the front porch of a private residence at 1506 N. 19th Street in Superior, Wisconsin. We offer free food, clothes, toiletries and misc. household items. Come by any time and help yourself to anything you need.  And if you have any extra items you don't need, feel free to drop them off.

In addition to the food shelf, we also host a free herbs and vegetable garden in the yard in front of the food shelf.  Feel free to help yourself to anything growing there.  And if you'd like a small space to plant some food of your own, let us know and we'll try to make that happen.

And in the midst of the free veggie garden is a lending library box with books that anyone is welcome to borrow.  Just bring them back when you're done, or if trade a book you want to keep for one you'd like to pass on.

All of these projects are hosted by the "Solidarity House" - the private residence that is the physical home of the food shelf, veggie garden and lending library.  It is the home of most of the volunteers who run the food shelf, and its back yard is the home of the chickens who provide the free eggs you'll fine from time to time on the porch.  While the food shelf, garden and library box are set up to be a 24/7 self serve operation open to the public, please be respectful of the house itself by keeping the noise down, and never going beyond the porch without knocking first.

If you would like to get in touch with us, other than just dropping by, you can reach us via our facebook page, or by emailing Adam Ritscher.  In fact, checking out our facebook page is a great way to stay in the loop about this project.  We regularly post updates there about new donations we get in, requests folks have, as well as information about other anti-poverty and social justice efforts in the Twin Ports.

The guiding principle of all of these projects is “solidarity” rather than top down “charity”. That means we view this as a project where working class people are simply helping one another by sharing resources. There are no rich donors, tax write offs or bureaucratic red tape involved with this.  We all need a helping hand from time to time, and there is no shame in that.  

Ultimately our goal is a society where everyone's basic needs are met, and everyone has the opportunity to contribute their skills and talents in a constructive and meaningful way.  Until that day, we need to support and help out each other as best we can!