8/11/2020 2:31:00 PM Toni Sausman retires from Longville Food Shelf
Kendra Johnson of the Pine Cone Press-Citizen
Fifteen years ago, Toni Sausman began working part-time for the Northland Area Family Center in a mentoring program and organizing for the area food shelf. At that time the food shelf was located in the basement of the funeral home, along with a drop off site for used clothing. Within a short amount of time it became apparent that more space was needed and Toni dreamed of what could be of the program. She approached the Directors at the Family Center with her idea of purchasing a building for the food shelf. With this building purchase they would also use part of it as a thrift store,which would offset the overhead cost of the building so all donations from the public would go towards what was important, the purchase of food. In 2006 the Tossed and Found Boutique was born and over the past fifteen years has grown into a huge success.
At the end of last year Toni decided to take a step back as Director of the Longville Food Shelf/Tossed and Found and work part-time just doing the bookkeeping. When it was time for her to transition to part-time, April 1, the pandemic hit and it was all hands on deck. As things get back underway, Toni has decided it is time to officially hang up her hat and retire. She is planning on sticking around but her and her husband are going to do some traveling and just enjoy life. When asked what she is going to miss most about the job, she said "the people."