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Food Pantry helping through rising need

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By Corey Woolsey

The River Bend Food Pantry, under Director Cheryl Boettcher, is helping the community, a community where the need is rising.

Boettcher said that since March, the pantry has seen need rise, up around 300 people.

According to the mission, the pantry provides a family in need, a two to three day emergency supply of food.

Those in need can come to the office at Hedges Door 2, during business hours, Monday Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

The pantry is currently in need of fruit, breakfast items, such as cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal and more, nonperishable proteins, such as peanut butter, tuna, beans and more and vegetables.

Boettcher said that the fruit and breakfast items are two areas that they have trouble keeping stocked up.

Boettcher is thankful for her volunteers, of whom there are around thirty of.

She said that they work in teams, and they alos come in and work diffferent schedules.

Those who donate to the pantry are extra special to Boettcher and the volunteers.

A business who wants to stay anonymous, will be providing 60 Thanksgiving baskets to the needy this year. While a household can only come in once a month, the recieving of a Thanksgiving basket will not count towards a monthly visit.

Non-perishable food items can be brought in during normal hours, however if you have a large donation, call 838-3841 for arraingements.

A satellite dropoff is available at Wesselman’s near the office.

To receive items, a client must come in with theit driver’s license or indentificaton card and proof of current address.