John was a food shelf director that really understood why we are all here doing what we do. He understood that the goal is to feed people, not to judge people. He understood that the goal is to make people feel welcomed and cared about, not shamed. Most importantly, he understood the client was the top priority. John’s philosophy was that the client had to leave the food shelf feeling better than when they stepped through the door. The atmosphere at The Bridge is a testament to John’s values, beliefs, and work ethic.
John’s dedication to his work, his innovation, and his compassion are second to none. And, because of this, so many people struggling with hunger in Perham and surrounding communities, as well as people across northwest Minnesota, have not had to go to bed hungry. John retired from his position at The Bridge on October 11, 2022, and as result, The Bridge, the Perham community and surrounding areas, and the Food Bank are losing a giant. We are committed to moving forward with and expanding upon the great work John has started. John has made a real and lasting difference in the fight against hunger. We could not be more thankful, appreciative, or grateful for his work these past 12 years and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement and the future.