Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Story City— Haul Out Hunger
“Pork loins this large can be stretched really far and feed a lot of hungry people,” said Deb Lage of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Story City. “This donation every summer from Iowa Select Farms has just gone over wonderfully and is such a blessing for our community.”
Located in downtown Story City, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry opens its doors every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon and serves 80-100 households every month from Story City, Gilbert and Roland.
“We rotate the responsibilities of the food pantry between 10 churches in the area,” explained Deb. “This is our second time volunteering in the 15 or 20 years that the pantry’s been open. It’s always a rewarding experience.”
According to Deb, families are allowed to come once per month and are always overwhelmed at the variety of choices the pantry has to offer. On our trip this morning, the Haul Out Hunger crew filled the freezers with 144 pork loins.
“Our food pantry is not like other pantries,” she chuckled. “We are able to give our clients more because our community gives more. We live in a very generous community and this is just another example of that.”
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Haul Out Hunger supports local food pantries while highlighting and building awareness of food insecurity issues in Iowa. In just two weeks, Haul Out Hunger will travel more than 3,000 miles to deliver 1,000 cases containing 60,000 pork loins to 120 rural food pantries. In total, the loins will provide 240,000, four-ounce servings of pork for Iowa families in need.