Greene County Christian Action Resource Center, Jefferson— Haul Out Hunger
“Protein is a vital part of our diet to ensure we stay strong and healthy,” said Shirley Haupert, co-director of the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center in Jefferson. “It’s important for everyone, but especially children.”
It was all hands on deck in Jefferson when our semi rolled into town this morning. Our Haul Out Hunger crew was welcomed by several hard-working volunteers to help unload 20 cases of pork loins totaling 1,400 pounds for individuals and families in Greene County.
"We receive donations from the community and are set up like a thrift store, except everything you see here is free," explained Shirley. "Our clients can "shop" when they come in once a month for food and pick up any necessary clothing or household items that they might also need."
Located in the heart of Jefferson, the Greene County Action Resource Center opens their doors every Wednesday and serves 120 families per month.
“Our numbers have definitely been going up,” she said. “Of course it’s the economy, but even people working good jobs are struggling right now. People don’t always want to come here, it’s a pride thing, but sometimes they just don’t have a choice. They can’t make it alone.”
To keep their shelves stocked, the center relies on the support of local churches, Kiwanis, Rotary Club and companies like Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.
“This is the only donation of meat we get and it’s a big one,” continued Shirley. “Otherwise we buy hot dogs and burgers from the Food Bank, but we have to really stretch our dollars. If you ask me, protein is the most important thing we can give a family.”