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Lord’s Storehouse continues mission to help feed Evanston...can by can

Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012

Canned goods were piled high at local food pantry the Lord’s Storehouse following a recent Boy Scouts food drive. HERALD PHOTO/Matt Roberts

EVANSTON — With the joy and excitement of the annual holiday season comes the necessary consideration that many in Evanston and its surrounding communities regularly struggle to keep food on the table. And every year, for the past 27 years, the Lord’s Storehouse food pantry has helped promote awareness of that need by providing a vital resource for the community through its food drives and distribution program.

This holiday season is no different, and Lord’s Storehouse director Kay Rossiter said their supply of food has been down somewhat this year.

“We did 197 Thanksgiving turkey meals this year, which was good,” Rossiter told the Herald. “It all came out just fine. The three big drives we have each year, plus all the small drives from the schools used to help us get through the year. But now we’re short, because we have more people coming in.”

Rossiter said the pantry had to purchase about $10,000 in groceries over the summer to meet the increased demand.

She said those purchases were made locally, thanks to good discounts from local retailers, noting it even saved them money over buying the goods through the Casper office, the entity the Lord’s Storehouse is associated with.

Even federal commodity distributions to the pantry are a mere shadow of what they once were. When the pantry was started in 1985, Rossiter said they received shipments of 40,000 pounds of commodities regularly; last month, they received a single shipment of 9,000 pounds of potatoes.

Rossiter said they see an average of 150 each week who are in need of food assistance, though with a week-to-week return rate of only 22 percent, there are likely many more being helped. She said they are seeing an increase of around 30 families per week over 2011 numbers.

But Rossiter remains confident the Evanston community will continue to make providing for their neighbors in need a priority.

“We’ve never been empty,” she said. “In 27 years, we’ve never been empty. When one thing stopped, something else came up, which I think is an incredible blessing for us. This is the most incredible community for being on top of this stuff. We get money and food and little food drives from all sorts of places. And we never solicit anything. It just pours in, and I’m extremely grateful for that.”

Rossiter particularly thanked the local Boy Scout troops and their families who recently completed their annual major food drive.

Rossiter emphasized the Lord’s Storehouse is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, and maintains a board of directors. Their facility is also inspected annually by the state health department.

The doors of the Lord’s Storehouse are open Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The pantry is located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 Yellow Creek Rd., in Evanston.

To make a donation or for more information, call (307) 444-8169.

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