Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

Summer drought drying up stock at local food pantry

July 15, 2004

The cupboard's nearly bare at a local food pantry, and volunteers are appealing to Eudorans for help.

Volunteer Laura Klotz said last week the Eudora Ministerial Alliance's food pantry, housed at St. Paul United Church of Christ, was in dire straits despite a spring food drive organized by local Scouting groups. And summer was a bad time for supplies to dry up, Klotz said.

"That's when a lot of families need help, because the kids are at home," she said.

Klotz said the pantry had been helping about five families a week. With fewer rations, that meant less to go around.

"We've had to restrict the amount of food each family gets, and that's hard because you know some of these families are big," she said.

The pantry was usually well-stocked with corn and green beans. What was needed now, Klotz said, was canned fruit, peanut butter, cereals, and any boxed or dried foods. The pantry can also use monetary donations, as it hands out $25 vouchers to the C&S Market for perishable items the church can't store.

Klotz said donations could be dropped of at the church, 314 E. Eighth St., most days until about 3 p.m. The phone number for St. Paul is 542-2785.

Donors may also call Klotz at 542-3876 to have items picked up from home.

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