State Center Christian Community Cupboard
With summer in full swing and kids out of school for the next few months, Mara Edler of the State Center Christian Community Cupboard says this tends to be the time when they struggle the most and their food supply is the lowest.
“With more kids out of school and without access to school lunch programs, we start to see more and more families come into the pantry,” said Mara. “That’s why these pork loins are so great, they come at a time when we really need them.”
To help the families feel comfortable and to better understand their situation, Mara uses a room across from the pantry to sit down and meet with individual families to discuss their needs and how to go about helping them best.
“The needs for each family vary, but we never turn anyone away. If people come looking for food or a pantry, we help them. It’s as simple as that,” said Mara.
The State Center Christian Community Cupboard serves as a pantry as well as a soup kitchen where once a month, different churches in the community take turns and provide a meal in the Joseph’s Catholic Church dining hall area.
“Families can connect with other families while enjoying a good meal,” said Mara.
Approaching its 20th anniversary, the pantry’s shelves have always been stocked entirely by community donation. “We have a wonderful program with so many services. It sure keeps us busy!” said Mara.