Food Shelf to Reopen After Fire 16 Sep 12

The Renville County Food Shelf in Olivia will reopen on Wednesday, just 10 days after an arson-caused fire destroyed its contents.

The West Central Tribune reports the food shelf will open its doors at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 108 South Ninth Street in Olivia, or about one block north of its former location in downtown Olivia.

The new location is in the Dirk’s Home Theatre building, and offers both ample space and the convenience of a downtown location.

Volunteers started erecting shelving in the new location on Friday, and have refrigerators and freezers ready as well. A Second Harvest truck will deliver the first supplies on Tuesday.

Volunteers have spent recent days cleaning out the burned remains of the former food shelf while also searching for new supplies and a home.

The entire contents of the food shelf were destroyed by a fire discovered Sunday, September 9th. The fire was determined to be arson. Authorities say the point of ignition was the front entranceway of the food shelf.

Officials say the food shelf will maintain its previous operation hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Arson Hotline number at 1-800-723-2020 .