Food Pantry Needing Help

Last week the food pantry saw an increase of just over 70 percent in the number of people needing help.

Sheryl Cole and a great group of volunteers from several parishes work hard to maintain the food pantry located at the Methodist Church in ONeill. With so many people incurring more financial insecurity than ever, the pantry's needs are greater than ever. Last week the food pantry saw an increase of just over 70 percent in the number of people needing help.

On Saturday, May 16, volunteers will be canvassing ONeill looking for meals that have been bagged up and placed on porches for the food pantry. Their focus is on picking up complete meals. We do not have the manpower to sort a variety of cans and boxes, we have to limit the number of volunteers due to the virus. If you can help us by bagging up a complete meal, we can help each other in a big way!

Some ideas of meals to place in a bag include:

• Tuna Helper, cans of tuna, can of green beans.

• Rice, beans and a bag of tortillas

• Spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, can of corn or fruit.

• Pancake flour, syrup, summer sausage, canned fruit.

• Chicken Helper, canned chicken, canned vegetable.

• Oatmeal, breakfast bars, canned fruit.

• Chef Boyardee pizza mix, bag of pepperonis

• Cans of soup and crackers

• Macaroni & Cheese, canned fruit or vegetable

If you make a trip to the store you were planning to make anyway and you can help by putting together a complete meal, it would be so appreciated. Please do not include fresh foods or perishables.

Your bags can be placed on your porch before 10 a.m., Saturday May 16 and they will be retrieved with no physical contact. If you live in the country, you may leave your meal(s) on a friend’s porch in town or take them directly to the Methodist Church located at 404 Cedar St. in ONeill. The bags can be left on the sidewalk with a volunteer between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on May 16 .

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