Haul Out Hunger: Chickasaw County Food Pantry

posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

“Meats are very expensive for the Food Pantry to purchase,” said Pam Pickar of the Chickasaw County Food Pantry in New Hampton. “And although we do not get very many meat donations during the year, we want the clients to have a nutritionally balanced food offering. This donation helps make that possible.”

On our next stop to Haul Out Hunger, our team delivered 8 cases of pork loins for the Chickasaw County Food Pantry. The pork loins will provide roughly 2,304 servings of pork for local families in need.

“The families that we serve cannot afford quality meat like these loins,” explained Pam. “They are great because they’re delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare. A lot of our clients simply use a crock pot to prepare the meat.”

Open every Friday to the public, the pantry is funded by the local hospital in town.

"We are very fortunate to have such tremendous support from the hospital. They pay for the building and HVAC, the only thing we cover is the cost of the phone," explained Marilyn Randall, a longtime volunteer with the pantry. "I can't begin to put into words the burden it lifts off our shoulders. It allows us to focus our time and efforts on helping those that need it most."

In addition to Pam and Marilyn, the food pantry relies on volunteers from five local churches to sign up for monthly shifts. 
“We have some volunteers who have served for at least ten years,” said Pam. “It is also kind of a social occasion for many of them. We all share a passion for giving back to our community.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers that help make the Chickasaw County Food Pantry possible. We appreciate all that you are doing to take a stand against hunger in your community.