Sherry Miller Frisk new Motley Area Food Shelf director
The Motley Area Food Shelf (MAFS) welcomed Sherry (Miller) Frisk as its new director last fall. It’s a position previously held by Sharon Stone.
Although she inherited a new title, Frisk’s face is a familiar one to visitors of the food shelf.
“I started volunteering here in March of 2013,” Frisk said recently, adding that in speaking with Stone at church, she had learned that there was a real need for volunteers at the food shelf. The following September, she was asked to be on the MAFS board by fellow volunteer Fran Kokett. “I consider Fran to be my co-director at the food shelf,” Sherry said.
Last winter, Stone traveled to Arizona to care for her parents and in her absence, Frisk took over many of the duties at the food shelf, including ordering supplies and writing reports. “This past fall, she (Stone) asked if I would become director. After some thought...I told her I would, if she would continue to handle the financial part,” Frisk said, noting that she already serves as treasurer for two other organizations.
Having grown up in Staples, Sherry is happy to be back in the area after several years spent living in various parts of the United States. Her husband, Motley native Greg Frisk, retired a few years ago after a 28-year airline career...first as a navy pilot and then as Captain with American Airlines.
“Greg and I will be married for 44 years this coming summer,” Sherry said. “In those years with the navy and airline, we have had fifteen different addresses. Now that we are ‘home’ in Motley, this is our last address.”
The Frisks have four grown children, all of whom were born while Greg was in the service. “The twins, Alisa and Erin, were born in Frankfurt, Germany; Ryan in Milton, Fla.; and Patrick in Pax River, Md.,” Sherry said, adding that they now have seven grandchildren. “Five girls and two boys.”
Throughout the years, volunteering has been a part of Sherry’s life. While Greg was in the navy, she volunteered along side other officers’ wives; and when her children were younger sewed costumes for high school plays and repaired football uniforms, as well as organizing meals for sporting events.
Since their return to Motley, Sherry’s continued to keep busy volunteering at a variety of places, including her church (Motley United Methodist), the Motley Area Historical Society; and the MAFS.
She enjoys visiting with the clients who stop by the food shelf, Sherry said; and finds satisfaction in knowing that it’s a place that is helping meet the needs of people in the community.
“The need for the food shelf in our area is great,” Sherry said. “We serve families from Leader to Randall.”
Sherry went on to note that the results from a national survey done in 2014 showed that clients choose to purchase many other things over food, including housing, transportation and gas, medical care and medicine, as well as utilities.
“We have the basic needs (at the food shelf) for the families that come in, but often don’t have enough meat to give them,” Sherry said. “We are able to go out and purchase some of the food items we need, thanks to donations we receive from churches, individuals and local organizations.”
The Motley Area Food Shelf has a wonderful staff of volunteers, Sherry said. However, when the ‘snowbirds’ go south, they are short of help. “We are always looking for new volunteers.”
The MAFS is located at 679 Third Ave. So. It is open on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. - noon; and on the last Thursday of the month from 6 - 8 p.m. as well.
For more information about the MAFS and how you can become a volunteer, call Pat O’Regan (MAFS Chair) at 218-316-7570; or Sherry Miller Frisk at 218- 352-6137.