Penney High students, Levi Dunham and Levi Norris, were among the many volunteers who moved, reorganized and sorted food items inside the new Caldwell County Food Pantry Saturday.
The Food Pantry is now located at 303 N. Davis St, Hamilton, MO, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays to offer food assistance to the residents of Caldwell County.
The Caldwell County Food Pantry is a "free-choice store" offering clients options on everything from paper or plastic to white or wheat. Ernestine Edwards, a pantry volunteer, feels this method is highly effective as it allows The Pantry to meet the nutritional needs of the client while acknowledging their food preferences.
Through a collaborative county-wide effort, The Pantry has been able to gather more than 900 lbs. of food. As a result, clients can expect to find a steady supply of staple items, such as cereal, pasta, soup, vegetables and sauces. While supplies, last, The Pantry will also be distributing perishable items such as meat, bread, eggs, and a variety of household products, such as detergent, shampoo and toilet paper.
Without the help of volunteers and supporters, The Food Pantry would not be possible. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact Ernestine Edwards or Paula McCoy in Hamilton, or call Richard Stubblefield at (816) 583-4062.