McCOOK, Nebraska -- The changeable weather, turning from summer heat to winter chill seemingly overnight, can be cause for concern for already tight family budgets.
The McCook Pantry, located in the Canterbury House at 509 W. First, has been an important part of stretching a family's food dollars for more than a generation and continues to provide supplemental food items on an as-needed basis.
Just in time for higher heating bills, the McCook Pantry is counting on the community to restock its shelves with both Boy and Girl Scout troops lending a hand this weekend.
On Friday, Scouts will leave empty grocery bags on the front porches of McCook homes, retrieving them Saturday after residents have the opportunity to fill them with non-perishable food items.
"I know it sounds like I'm begging," said Dorothy Henton, who is spearheading the Pantry's main food drive. "But we need to get the word out about the increased need pointed out in last week's story."
Henton also highlighted the fact that the Frenchman Valley Elevators are accepting grain donations on behalf of the Pantry, handling all of the paperwork associated with that effort.
"We're calling it 'Bushels of Grain for the Pantry," Henton said, grateful for the cash that will be generated by generous farmers. She also reported that Ag Valley Elevator in Maywood is also willing to accept grain donations on behalf of the pantry.
As always, donations are welcome year-round, either in the form of non-perishable food items delivered to the Pantry or in monetary donations, used to supplement the supply and provide perishable food items such as bread and margarine, and commodities like sugar, flourZ and peanut butter.
Those needing assistance can go to the Pantry Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Because the Pantry is an emergency assistance program, households are restricted to accessing food just once each month.
For more information on help available and on how you can help, contact Dorothy Henton at 345-4447.