• Space limitations at current location led to the food pantry moving into new facility at Community Hope Church
By J.O. PARKER
The Montezuma Food Pantry/Clothing Closet is busting at the seams, causing officials to open a second location to better serve the public.
Effective Monday, Jan. 23, the food pantry will open in the Community Hope Church fellowship building, 103 Circle V Ranch Road (just north of Casey’s).
The clothing closet will remain at the 411 E. Main St. location.
“This change will give us room to expand the clothing closet to better serve those who use this facility and room to store the food and personal care items needed by those who come in for food and other items at our new facility,” said Virgil Scott, director of the food pantry/clothing closet.
The food pantry/clothing closet currently helps between 150 and 170 families each month at the food pantry and at least as many with clothing and household items.
“There are no records kept at the clothing closet so there is no exact number of those we help,” noted Scott. “This growth has caused us to out grow our present facilities.”
The church will continue to use the fellowship building, while the food pantry will operate out of three rooms inside the building.
According to Scott, pantry users will enter in the east door of the building, sign-in and get their food, exiting through the west door. Two other rooms in the building will be used to store the perishable and non-perishable food.
To get to the new facility, customers should take the first drive to the east off of Front Street (Highway 63) north of Irwin Street and go to the second (eastern) building.
Hours for both locations are:
• Monday – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Wednesday – 2 – 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday – 4:30 – 7 p.m.
• Every third Saturday – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Scott noted that 2011 was another successful year in helping families and individuals who needed a little extra assistance in this difficult economy.
To continue to meet those needs, Scott said the food pantry is in dire need of donations of non-perishable food and personal care items as well as money to buy needed items that are not donated.
“Much of what is needed can be purchased at significantly lower cost through the Feeding America program,” Scott said. “Almost all of our buying is done through them. We at the food pantry are humbled and honored by the support we have received over the years and beseech everyone to continue and maybe even increase this support as we face new challenges in to the future.”
For more information, contact Virgil Scott at 641-623-2776 or Darla Wilson at 641-623-3275.