Volunteers at the Adel United Methodist Church don’t just see an increased need for food donations during the holidays, but also during the spring and summer months.
“We need food drives,” volunteer Celia McCollum said. “People give during the fall and Christmastime, but we don’t have any food drives during the spring. People do eat year-round so we need to help feed them.”
The pantry did receive food from Lutheran Church of Hope during their Souper Bowl Food Drive, but ran out two weeks ago.
“We thought we would never run out of cereal from their drive, but it’s been gone for a while now,” McCollum said.
According to McCollum, the pantry served 142 individuals in March 2012 and 170 individuals March of this year,” McCollum said. “We also served 31 families March last year and the number increased to 63 this March. So our individual numbers are growing.”
To accommodate the ever-present need, the pantry expanded their selection to a larger room.
“We used to pre-bag the food but we found that having a more grocery-like atmosphere allows people to select certain foods,” McCollum said. “It makes better use of our food and gives people a sense of independence.”
Food items for a single individual include two pounds ground beef, one pound package of hot dogs, one dozen eggs, one gallon milk, one stick or tub of margarine, one package of cheese, five pounds of potatoes, one bag of carrots, four bananas and one bag of apples or oranges.
Other items the pantry is in need of are baking goods, toiletry needs, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, pasta sides and canned fruit.
“We are just trying to keep up the basic needs on a week-to-week basis,” volunteer Judy Luthe said.
The food pantry serves residents in the Adel-De Soto-Minburn School District and is open Monday and Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m. Monetary donations are also accepted at adelfoodpantry.com.