Local food banks provide hunger relief

Shirley Brown, coordinator of God's Pantry at Garner, stocks food pantry shelves. Volunteers to assist at the Pantry are always welcome, Brown says. LEADER photo

            On Tuesday, The United Methodist Church in Garner will be host to the Mobile Food Pantry, a part of the Food Bank of Iowa, from 5-7 p.m.

            The pantry is in the same location as God’s Pantry which is open every Monday from 9-11 a.m. and Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

            God’s Pantry only allows one visit per thirty days at for its users.

            The Mobil Pantry is available every first Tuesday of the month to any person regardless of previous food pantry visits.

            God’s Pantry is available for all families in need who live in Hancock County.

            “We stock shelves with food stuff we can get from the Food Bank of Iowa,” board member Shirley Brown said.

            Started in 1971, Brown said that the pantry serves roughly 350 people a day and has support of all churches in Garner

            The Food Bank of Iowa came to Brown with the mobile pantry concept telling him that roughly 1000 more people could use food assistance.

            “There are folks out there that are too proud to come to the pantry,” Brown said. “How do you get the message to them that there’s nothing bad about this?”

Read the complete story in the Jan. 3 Leader.