About Us


Gather and Grow Waconia Food Shelf is committed to serving our families in a pleasant, dignified environment. We make an effort to provide a variety of foods from which our families can choose, to promote healthy eating. While our main mission is providing food, we also provide information on a variety of resources available in our state and county that might be helpful to those we serve.

Packing food boxes


Our heartfelt mission is to provide fresh food, high-quality groceries and supportive services to our great community


We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food and connection to every available resource.


  • We value the dignity of every person we have the honor of serving.
  • We value empowering people so they thrive.
  • We value our diverse volunteers and their commitment to the community.
  • We value addressing the root causes of hunger and advocating for social justice and the common good.
  • We value best practices in order to continuously improve our services to our clients and communities.
  • We value wise stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.


Angie Cruzen Food Shelf Executive Director of Gather and Grow Waconia Food Shelf and and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist at Gather & Grow

Angie Cruzen

Executive Director 
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Ashley Urbaniak Gather and Grow Operations Coordinator

Ashley Urbaniak

Operations Coordinator
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2023-24 Board Officers and Members

Jessica Miller, PresidentHealth Economics Researcher at 

Michelle Bachmann, Vice President  – Atlassian Administrator at GSTV

Jayme Miller, Co-Treasurer – Partner at Drazan, Henke and Associates PLLC

Pat Schaffran, Co-Treasurer –  Treasurer & Consultant at Schaffran Consulting

Suzanne McCarty, Secretary – Retired sales executive

Brittany Rihanek – Senior Manager, Content Marketing at The Opus Group

Sarah Urtel– Vice President & Compliance Officer at RIdgeview

Brenda Grams – Retired educator and community volunteer

Bobbi Grohmann – Senior Manager Brand Development -Shopper Marketing at Catalina USA

Kristina Foudray – Attorney at Seager, Tufte, & Wickhem

Pete Leo – Council Member – City of Waconia

Bill Ryan – Assistant Vice President, Human Resources at Allianz Life Insurance Company

Heather Reichenberger-Fabish – Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Results

Tessa Juliar – Real Estate Agent at Edina Realty


The Waconia Food Shelf came into being after a local businesswoman saw the need and began distributing food from her business location. However, it soon became apparent that the demand was more than she could meet personally.

Local churches helped locate a place and resources to set up a local food shelf. After securing the space by renting from St. Joseph’s Church with financial help from the churches for rent, the new organization obtained shelves and a freezer as a donation from Mackenthun’s. Many people pulled together to ready the space and train volunteers. The Food Shelf opened in July of 2003.

The Waconia Food Shelf is operated by over 100 volunteers, including board members, volunteer coordinators, site workers, and delivery persons. Currently, we assist clients living in the communities of Waconia, New Germany, Victoria, Cologne, and St. Bonifacius.

The Food Shelf would not be possible without the generosity of businesses, churches, schools, civic and sports organizations, and many personal contributions of food and money for which we are very appreciative.

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