To the Editor:
Thank you so much for the article on the Good Samaritan Food Pantry located here in Adel. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and interview our three VIVs-Very Important Volunteers! Without those three being there every Monday and Wednesday, our pantry would not run as efficiently as it does!
There are a few details that your readers may not know about the food pantry. We have been around for over 31 years, starting out at the Methodist Church, moving around to various buildings and arriving back at the church about 3 years ago. We serve the ADM school district AND the town of Van Meter. The clients are able to use the pantry once a month to pick out foods from the food lists that we have for specific family sizes and are given a fresh food voucher every three months, which are the items you had listed in your article.
As your article stated, the demand on our food pantry has continued to grow. Over 50 percent of those using the pantry are senior citizens. Many of these seniors only qualify for $16 worth of food stamps each month, so they have to choose between buying medicine or food. This is where our pantry comes in and fills the gap. We use the Food Bank of Iowa where food can be purchased at 14 cents per pound. Over Easter, we were able to buy 218 pounds of ham, filling both of our freezers for only $30.52. That is the normally the price of just one ham! The Food Bank is wonderful to have, but many times they do not carry the food items that we need, so we then order in bulk from our local Fareway. Cory and his staff always are looking out for the best interests of the pantry, helping us stretch our dollars and giving great assistance when we pick up those orders.
Most of all, we would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the Good Samaritan Food Bank! Without your donations of time, food and monetary funds, we could not exist. If you would like to have us come and speak at any of your group functions, please call Michelle at 515-993-3117. We also have a website www.adelfoodpantry.com where you can go and see what food items are needed or make a monetary donation via Pay Pal.
The Good Samaritan Food Bank Board