Cassville Pantry calls for help in National Hunger Action Month

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The Cassville Pantry on 10th Street serves many local residents, and it is hoping to raise $30,000 during National Hunger Action Month to help with its efforts. Contributed photo

1-in-4 Barry County children struggles with food insecurity

September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Cassville Pantry is inviting the community to join together with the national movement by advocating heightened awareness about the problem of food insecurity within Barry County’s local neighborhoods.

“Please join us in our mission, ‘To beat up hunger in Barry County,’ where the poverty rate is 21.4 percent and 1-in-4 children are struggling with food insecurity,” said Janet Mills, Pantry director. “Cassville Pantry is making a stand against hunger. We are asking Barry County to help us ‘fill the basket’ and provide food resources for the Pantry to distribute. Monetary donations can be most effective. Due to our connections to purchasing groceries, a $10 donation provides five days of food for a family.”

Volunteers box up food for distribution at the Cassville Pantry. Contributed photo

Along with Hunger Action Month, the Cassville Pantry is celebrating its 20th year anniversary.

“God has clearly been behind the mission from the beginning when he inspired a brainstorming team with the idea in 2001,” Mills said. “Today and every day, we continue to ask God for his guidance to carry the ministry forward with stability, mercy, and compassion into the future.

“We have been serving the community in our new expanded warehouse location on 10th Street for one year. The facility has allowed us to build upon our efficiency with client interaction in spite of COVID-19, and has increased our potential food storage capability tremendously.”

It takes a great deal of coordination of resources and effort to provide nutritious food boxes to the community. Cassville Pantry is sponsoring a Hunger Action Campaign Fundraiser running from Sept. 7-24 with a fundraising goal of $30,000.

A $10,000 matching gift has been generously offered to the Pantry. Once the hunger action challenge campaign donations accumulate to $10,000, the matching gift will apply, and the donations will be doubled in value to $20,000. With the matching gift opportunity in place for the fundraiser, donors are allowed to maximize, stretch, and double the value of their gifts.

The total fundraising goal is set at $30,000. All donations are tax deductible. Individuals can donate in person or via USPS to Cassville Pantry at 800 W. 10th St. Cassville, MO 65625, or can donate online at www.cassvillepantry.com. People may call Mills at 417-846-7871 for more information.

Mills encourages the public to consider the multiple ways that they can help fight hunger during Hunger Action Month.

“You could become a sponsor of the Pantry and give monthly to help kids and families in need year-round,” she said. “Spread the word about the food assistance opportunities among your friends and neighbors who might need help. Give someone a ride to the food pantry. Pray for those who seek work in order to feed themselves and their families. Ponder the abundance that you experience in your own life and share some of what is overflowing for you with others in need.

“Plan one way that you could assist with fighting hunger in the coming months. Skip lunch one day and give the money you would have spent to the food pantry instead. Volunteer at the food pantry. It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Volunteer opportunities start at a minimum level from one hour a month on up. We rely upon volunteers to unload, stock, set up, and distribute food. We are working hard to keep our volunteers safe, so do not let that stop you from coming in to help. Volunteers are how we connect our neighbors with the healthy food resources that they need. Find out more about volunteer opportunities by dropping in or phoning Cassville Pantry."

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