Donors help stock Pantry
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Pantry started the new year with well-stocked cupboards, a fuller bank account and a heart full of thanks for the generosity of donors who responded to requests for help at the end of the year.
Pantry officials said Thursday they are very appreciative of the outpouring of monetary and food donations that help them help the people who rely on the Pantry in their struggle against food insecurities and food deficiency.
"Response to our plea in December was very positive," Pantry secretary Fran Allacher said Thursday afternoon. Pantry president Dorothy Henton added, "Because of monetary donations from churches and businesses and individuals, we have been able to purchase foods and stock our shelves with staples."
Dorothy said that food can drives -- by school children, churches, businesses, clubs and organizations -- at the holiday season account for many of the food items in the Pantry cupboards at this time of year. It's nice, Fran said, to offer the "fun" and miscellaneous foods that the Pantry receives in food drives, foods that complement the staples that the Pantry purchases each month.
Dorothy said, too, that one individual donated a half-beef processed into ground beef, and another donated a whole hog and its processing. "These are wonderful, generous donations," she said.
The Pantry is located through the north door of the St. Alban's Episcopal Church Canterbury House in the 500 block of West First, and is open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. It accepts donations of non-perishable food stuffs and monetary donations to purchase kitchen staples.