Wright Co. Food Pantry-Clarion
"I've seen more families come through for support this summer than I did throughout the entire winter," said Carol Ganzeveld, a volunteer at the Wright County Food Pantry in Clarion. "I'm not sure if it's because school is out or what, but our needs and the number of families that we serve are at an all time high right now."
It sounds like our donation of 108 pork loins couldn't have come at a better time for the pantry. Currently, 11 percent of individuals in Wright County are considered to be living at or below poverty. Luckily, there are individuals like Carol who volunteer their time and efforts to keep the local food pantry stocked and well-cared for.
"I really enjoy spending time here and helping less fortunate families out," said Carol. "Just last week a family came in with three children and the Mom was telling me that her kids had opened up the cupboard and there was no food. That's when she knew she needed to come in for help and we were here to give her and her children the helping hand they so desperately needed. It's amazing a place can be so heartbreaking and fulfilling at the same time."
Volunteers like Carol are the backbone of rural food pantries and we're so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them as we Haul Out Hunger in Iowa.