Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2008

Food pantry round up worthy idea

September 18, 2008

One hears much these days about public/private partnerships, usually from private companies wanting tax breaks for ventures they say will be of a great benefit to the public. In June, the Eudora City Council created another kind of partnership - one driven by charity and not the profit motive.

The council approved an arrangement that will allow city utility customers to round up their bills with the extra money going to the Eudora Ministerial Alliance Food Panty at the St. Paul United Church of Christ.

We have encouraged donations to the food pantry in this space in the past, and we hear frequently of the demand of food banks both in Eudora and other communities in the area. Obviously, individuals and families are feeling the squeeze from higher fuel and food prices. Add to that an economy sliding toward recession, and the need will only get greater.

We find the round-up option a very innovative and convenient way to support the local food pantry. We hope that many in the city take the new opportunity to help keep food available for the hungry in the community.

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