Local food pantry celebrates three years

This week the Clear Lake/Ventura Food Pantry celebrates its third full year of operation.  The concept of a Food Pantry originated in a Local Mission Task Force at the United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave. N.  It was never intended to benefit only Methodists, but was envisioned to benefit any Clear Lake and Ventura residents who need and qualify for food assistance from the state of Iowa or Cerro Gordo County.  The local pantry is affiliated with the Food Bank of Iowa and operates like Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.

“This program never could have succeeded or survived without the financial and food donations from our local churches, organizations, and many, many individuals, who volunteer volumes of merchandise and hours of service,” explained Craig Rule, a member of the local task force.  “Although we established our pantry at CLUMC, we are expanding our Task Force Leadership with other benevolent and concerned citizens.”

The Pantry’s clientele has expanded annually from 17 households with 31 individuals during April  2015.  In April 2016, the number grew

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