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  • Volunteers still needed at Eldon food pantry

  • An improving economy could be the reason fewer families are being served by the Eldon Community Food Pantry in recent months. But that has not reduced the need for volunteer help.
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  • An improving economy could be the reason fewer families are being served by the Eldon Community Food Pantry in recent months. But that has not reduced the need for volunteer help.
    “It seemed for awhile we had quite a few more families,” a Food Pantry official said this week, “but in the last six months our numbers have been dwindling.”
    Regardless, help is needed at least once a month to help unload food, and to help gather food items for the families. The Food Pantry, located a 312 E. Second Street in Eldon, usually averages between 650-700 families a month. That translates to some 1,800 mouths to feed.
    “We can use all the help we can get,” the spokesman said. “It seems like we need help all month long, whereas it used be only on certain days.”
    Volunteers are needed to help unload food trucks, to help fill grocery carts and to push the carts. Food Pantry officials have lists of families that need certain items. Volunteers use those lists to fill the carts and then hand the food to the families as they arrive.
     
    Hours and more
    The Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is open every Monday and the first two Wednesdays of each month. Help is needed between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on those days. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The mission of the Eldon Community Food Pantry is to offer hope and help to those in need within the community as an example of Christ's love and care.
    Anyone interested in helping the Food Pantry can do so several ways:
    •Visit and purchase items from the Eldon Food Pantry Thrift Shop. All sales benefit the Food Pantry.
    •Donate gently used clothing or household items such as bedding, books or children’s toys to the Thrift Shop.
    •Hold a food drive. Collect non-parishable food items and then drop donations off at the Food Pantry. 
    •Volunteer a few hours a month to help distribute the food, help recipients load the food into their cars, or help the recipients check in.
    •Donate professional skills to help maintain the Food Pantry building. 
    •Donate directly to the Eldon Community Food Pantry through a PayPal account or credit card.
    For more information, call 573-392-8380 or visit the website at www.eldoncommunityfoodpantry.com.
     
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