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Mobile Food Pantry rolls in again Oct. 6

By Staff | Sep 28, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa mobile food pantry will be open in Estherville from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the former HyVee Wine & Spirits location near Bomgaars.

Pastor Mike Drew said, “In August, we had so many people come, we ran out of food.” Drew added that he did not wish to have to turn anyone away, and that he hopes anyone who may need some food to get through will come.

“We want to be here as a community for one another. It’s not for the poorest of the poor, but for anyone who might use a reduction in their grocery bill to pay another bill or purchase a needed item,” Drew said.

While Crossroads Church is the area coordinator, “We don’t own the mobile pantry,” Drew said. “This month, the United Methodist Church is providing our volunteers. We have had volunteers from R.S.V.P., and we hope other churches and service groups hear the call to serve and love one another.”

Interested volunteers and groups can coordinate for future months through Pastor Drew at the church by calling 362-4390.

Kate Pauly, Regional Partnership Coordinator of the Food Bank of Iowa, says “our goal is to get food to people who need it,” and to that end, there is a self-declaration of income in order to take home some categories of food. “We receive some food as commodities from the USDA, and we’re required to report that.” Pauly echoed the sentiment that, “The point is to reach people with food. It’s a fundamental point.”

According to Pauly, the primary focus of the mobile food pantry is to distribute fresh produce, protein, and non-perishable items to counties in our service area where pantry access does not exist or resources are very limited , particularly to the more rural areas.

Second, is to spotlight communities where hunger needs are not being met to build awareness of the issue and hopefully lead to more permanent solutions.

The Food Bank of Iowa mobile pantry comes to Estherville the first Thursday of every other month.