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Estherville mobile pantry needs new site

By Staff | Jun 26, 2017

The Food Bank of Iowa, in partnership with Crossroads Community Church and volunteers around the community have had a food giveaway on the first Thursday of every even month for nearly the past year.

Now, it is looking to the community for a workable new place to provide food for those who need it. A storefront with room in the front for customers to wait in some comfort (and everyone indoors instead of a long line forming outside) and a loading and/or overhead door to bring in pallets of food would be ideal.

The Food Bank’s mobile pantry comes to Estherville every other month and is open to all in need.

The mobile pantry operated through April out of the former liquor store next to Bomgaars, and became unavailable because Bomgaars is undergoing some remodeling and expansion, according to Crossroads Community Church secretary Linda Prince.

In addition to Crossroads, various churches have taken a turn, bringing up to 44 volunteers to assist customers in filling bins and boxes with a balance of food items.

The line outside the east Estherville location was often long, and the mobile pantry served as many as 377 individuals and 131 households in a two-hour event.

June 1, Estherville United Methodist Church provided volunteers for the mobile pantry, which was moved to the former Hallmark storefront.

For one thing, that building had no entry large enough to move the pallets of food, so they had to be unpacked in the parking lot.

“That will not work in the summer,” Prince said.

The mobile pantry hopes to have its scheduled food giveaway August 3, but without a suitable place, it may not happen.

Anyone with a place to lend for the first Thursday of even months (and possibly somewhat more often in the future) is asked to contact Pastor Mike Drew at 712-209-3665.

In all, the mobile pantry has had 889 household food orders, with 2,564 individual food allotments sent out.

Each month, any leftovers are donated to the Emmet County Food Pantry at Upper Des Moines Opportunity.