Letter: Thanks for support of food pantry

Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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The 2024 Minnesota March FoodShelf Drive has ended, and the Ecumenical Food Pantry located at First Presbyterian Church gives a huge thank you shout out to hundreds of generous donors of food and financial donations to the 2024 MN March Food Shelf Campaign.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of food was delivered to the food pantry during the March campaign. Four thousand pounds provides four-fifths of the monthly need for the food shelf shoppers. Annually, the need is 55-65 thousand pounds. The financial donations allow the Ecumenical Food Pantry to fill the gap with purchases from Channel One Regional Food Bank and our community grocery stores.

Ecumenical Food Pantry is deeply appreciative of our community’s kindness and generosity to meet hunger insecurity. The contributions of grocery items and cash significantly help fill the gap to serve the hunger needs of our city and county citizens.

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A gracious thank you to local churches, service clubs, businesses, foundations, community donors and our 35 food pantry volunteers as we work together to serve our community.

Ecumenical Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9 to 11:45 a.m. to individuals and families needing food and personal items. The pantry is a welcoming, non-discriminating food pantry providing a safe and respectful space to serve our population’s needs.

Ecumenical Food Pantry is at First Presbyterian Church, 308 Water St., Albert Lea. All are welcome.

Submitted on behalf of Ecumenical Food Pantry board of directors and volunteers.

Chuck Seberson
Ecumenical Food Pantry