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Mobile food pantry coming to town
In Gays Mills
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The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will come to the old Gays Mills Community Building at 212 Main Street on Wednesday, June 26. 

Food distribution is from 2 to 3 p.m.

Frozen meats, fresh and canned vegetables, breads, staples such a rice or noodles, and fruits are regularly available.  Each household receives between 50 and 70 pounds of food.

Patrons do not need to meet strict income guidelines or provide an ID, but they must initial a sign-in sheet indicating that they are low income and in need of food assistance. They will be asked to provide the check-in volunteer with the number of people (including children and senior citizens) in the household, their zip code, and how they learned about the mobile food pantry. People should bring sturdy bags, boxes, or baskets to hold the food they receive. Volunteers will assist by carrying food to vehicles as needed. 

Households are allowed to pick up only one allotment of food. The homebound or folks who otherwise cannot come to the pantry themselves may arrange to have food picked up by friends or relatives as long as those individuals are not also picking up food for themselves.

Second Harvest volunteers are no longer able to receive food allotments regardless of their financial needs. Thus, the food distribution site is looking for more volunteers. If you can assist by helping unload the truck, distribute food, or move food in grocery carts to and from patron’s vehicles, please contact Lorraine Fortney in advance or come to the Community Building at 1 p.m. on June 26.

In May, the Second Harvest mobile food pantry in Gays Mills provided food to 107 households that included a total of 246 people.  Those households included 54 children and 86 seniors.

Call Lorraine Fortney at 608-735-4690 or Cindy Kohles at 608-872-2184 if you have questions.