While the needs are expanding every year, the Humboldt food pantry’s inventory is growing right along with it.
The pantry, organized by the Humboldt Ministerial Alliance, will be providing Thanksgiving meals for Humboldt residents this year in several different forms.
First, the pantry has and will be handing out sacks of food for meals, today and tomorrow. The sacks are filled with everything for a full meal, along with a $10 voucher for food at Moon’s Hometown Market. Food bags may be picked up from 1 to 6 p.m.
Second, the pantry is providing a full Thanksgiving meal for “around 90 people” this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It’s for anybody who wants to come,” Director David Meier said. “They can come eat dinner with other people.”
Third, for those who can not make it to the meal, food pantry volunteers will be delivering meals or providing meals for pickup on Thursday as well, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information on any of the meals, call the Humboldt Ministerial Alliance at 473-2570. This year’s meal will take place at the Restoration Fellowship Church at 716 Bridge St. Meals are intended for those inside the USD 258 school district.
THE PANTRY has seen its fair share of growth recently.
There are 22 volunteers who work every year to provide meals for those without food or company on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, a different church takes the responsibility of providing a place to hold the meal. The volunteers spend the time shopping and organizing the food distribution.
“There are folks from every church involved,” Meier said.
“Every one of them are just wonderful,” volunteer LaDonna Krone chimed in.
Recently, Allen County Commissioners granted permission for the food pantry to build a new location in the senior center. It’s new space doubles the inventory the group can handle, and Meier said they haven’t had trouble filling the space.
“There is more need every year,” Krone said. “The donations are great, we are really blessed.”
Meier said he believes the food donations are increasing because people in Humboldt truly believe in what the ministerial alliance is doing every year.
“It’s a community effort,” he said. “They like what we are doing.”
The groups have prepared 80 bags filled with food thus far, and believe that will be enough to make an impact this year, for whoever needs it.
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