Dows Food Pantry— Haul Out Hunger
posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019
"It's the children who suffer most and unfortunately they can't control their situation," explained Lisa Stuck, who has been volunteering at the Dows Food Pantry for almost 20 years. "That's why we do what we do. We want to help these young kids and their families as much as possible. No one should have to go hungry, especially not children."
Together with the help of the United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church and local grocery store, the Dows Food Pantry supports 50 families, all of whom have a Dows zip code.
“Our focus is on keeping our assistance as local as possible," continued Lisa. "For being such a small town there is a lot of poverty. In fact, the school is also taking action and proving free lunch for area children Monday-Friday at the pool. Now that kids are on summer break the need for fresh, quality meals is greater than ever."
On today’s visit, Haul Out Hunger delivered 240 pork loins for the Dows Food pantry and local churches—enough to provide 4,320 servings of pork for children and adults in need.
In addition to the freezers at the Methodist Church, the Dows Food Pantry keeps pork loins at the local grocery store for families in emergency situations.
"The town really comes together when an individual or family is in need," explained Lisa. "I suppose that's the beauty of living in a place like this. Everyone genuinely wants to help each other out."
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