Zearing-McCallsburg Food Pantry

posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017

"My husband Jim and I have been volunteering here for nearly sixteen years," said Beverly Chance, director of the Zearing-McCallsburg Food Pantry. "We accept people no matter where they come from or what they're going through. It's about helping those that truly need it and loving them through whatever they're struggling with."

Although we spent just a short amount of time in Zearing this morning to deliver 180 pounds of pork, it didn't take long to realize that there is no shortage of compassion and support within the community. "We completely rely on local donations and support," explained Beverly. "City Hall allows us to keep our pantry here rent free and six local churches volunteer or just their time and effort, but also their refrigerator and freezer space for us to store items. It's amazing to see the lengths people are willing to go to see us through."

Located in the back of City Hall, the Zearing-McCallsburg food pantry opens their doors every two weeks and serves anywhere from 15-20 families within that period of time. "We try to provide them with as many canned goods and nonperishable items as realistically possible, but a donation of meat like this is a godsend for us and the families we serve," said Beverly. "Most smaller families can make this loin stretch anywhere from 2-5 meals and that's just incredible."

Thanks to Beverly, Jim and the entire community of Zearing-McCallsburg for all that you're doing to support your local food pantry and food insecure households in need. We left this morning feeling inspired by your kindness, compassion and generosity and are already looking forward to next year's visit. #HaulOutHunger #BillionPlus