Pantry Happenings

Donations and Fundraisers!!!
Lowe’s is contributing materials and labor for the Pantry’s kitchen. This includes many cabinets, countertops, shelving, a dishwasher, painting and some renovation. When the Pantry building was constructed, the estimated cost to finish the kitchen space was just under $10,000, so the decision was to postpone completing that part of the building. The Pantry has a sink, but the new kitchen will enable more efficient preparation of donations, as well as good storage and the ability to do more classes.

West Bank organized a community Thanksgiving Lunch at South Slope on Wednesday, November 18, with food provided by Red’s Ale House. The $1500 raised from the $10 ticket price was donated to the Pantry. Approximately 150 people heard speakers Gary Dolphin (the Voice of the Hawkeyes), John Lohman from Corridor Business Journal, North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar and West Bank president Jim Conrad.

Other corporate contributors in November were Target, which donated toiletries; Theisen’s donated money for educational activities at the Pantry; and Sandwich Brothers, which gave a large donation of Egg White & Turkey Sausage sandwiches.
North Corridor Rotary and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois donated some of the coats that were distributed during our October coat distribution.

InCommunity is a fundraiser where local businesses join together to raise money for local food pantries. Each participating business chooses what kind of fundraiser best suits their business. Last year 25 businesses participated and raised over $12,500 for local food pantries. The fundraiser runs from November 27 until December 24.

Coming Up – Toys and Food
The Salvation Army Toys for Tots will be hosting a toy distribution in North Liberty this year. Interested families can register at the Pantry the week of November 30 from 10:00 until noon. Toys will be available to be picked up on Wednesday, December 16, and Thursday, December 17.

From Monday, December 14, through Friday, December 18, the Crisis Center of Johnson County will provide food for a holiday meal to those in need. Project Holiday will have a distribution at the Pantry on Wednesday, December 16, from 10:00 am until noon.

The Pantry is an exciting, vital ministry, and volunteers are essential to the services the Pantry offers. There are one-time projects and continuing opportunities to help serve our neighbors who are struggling. During this Christmas season, you can put your faith into action by volunteering with the Pantry. The next New Volunteer Orientation is Monday, January 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Come join us.

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