Hometown generosity


Spencer Steckelberg

Local Performers rehearse on March 2 for the Hometown Sampler

Spencer Steckelberg, Staff Writer

Owatonna has been known for its willingness to donate to local organizations, and the overall generosity of the people who live here. This is seen again through the 23rd annual Hometown Sampler concert where local bands and music groups perform to raise money for the Steele County Food Shelf. Some of the performers this year include the Bad Tangerines, The Gogs, Hot n’ Bothered and the Mile 5 band. Dan Leer explained why he performs at the Hometown Sampler, “It is a great cause, and we raise a lot of money, not to mention it is a lot of fun.”

The concert will take place at the Little Theatre of Owatonna, located on 560 Dunnell Drive on Friday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday Mar. 4 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday Mar. 5 at 2 p.m.. Admission is a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item.

Last year they raised approximately $28,000 to help the local Food Shelf. The donations help to pay for food and other expenses. With the help of local businesses like Hy-vee and Fareway, the Food Shelf has an even better price when buying food. Every month they buy between 8,600-10,000 pounds of food to give to the less fortunate. With the help of the local people and local businesses, it has made the Steele County Food Shelf one of the best in the state of Minnesota.

If one is not able to attend the event, donations are accepted at the Steele County Food Shelf building at 155 Oakdale St. or on their website http://www.steelecountyfoodshelf.org/ . For more information regarding what the Food Shelf does, and what the donations go toward one can call (507) 475-2991.

UPDATE: Hometown Sampler raised a total of $29,681, and collected 608 pounds for the Steele County Food Shelf. This exceeded last year.