Cassville Pantry announces expanded hours of operation

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Stocking the Cassville Pantry, from left, are Tiffany Miner, Russell Dispenza, Glenna Glueckert. The facility now has new hours, open on Thursday afternoons to help the community. Contributed photo

In an effort to increase access to its food distribution programs, Cassville Pantry will extend its hours of operation, effective Dec. 3.

In addition to its standard weekday morning hours of Monday through Thursday from 9-11:15 a.m., the food pantry will open its doors on Thursday afternoons from 3:15-6 p.m.

“Meeting the needs of the community facing hardships resulting from coronavirus is our highest priority,” a release from the pantry said. “For many families, work schedules have undergone adjustment and revision to accommodate virtual and in-home education. Job layoffs and employment transitioning have created scheduling challenges for those trying to keep up with basic needs and provisions for their homes.

Diane Andrews prepares food boxes for distribution from the Cassville Pantry. Contributed photo

“The food pantry wants to be available to everyone who can benefit from its resources. Afternoon hours will open the door of opportunity for individuals who are employed or occupied during the day to take advantage of our food distribution outreach.”

Responding to COVID-19 safety precautions to responsibly social distance and not assemble large groups together has led Cassville Pantry to make the difficult decision to cancel its major annual fundraiser, the Tinsel Tea.

The Tinsel Tea holiday entertainment event and luncheon has been scheduled on the first Saturday morning of December at Cassville United Methodist Church for the last 17 years.

Volunteers unload food shipment at Cassville Pantry. Contributed photo

“These needed funds are urgently desired this year, as the demand upon the resources of the Pantry is great,” the release said. “Unable to hold the Tinsel Tea, the pantry is offering an alternative fundraising opportunity to the public. The Pantry has beautiful Christmas gift cards in stock which will be exchanged for a donation to the Pantry.

“The Christmas gift cards are designed as designated gifts in honor of the donor’s special recipients of their choice. The gifts cards will serve as a confirmation of the donation when mailed out by the donor to their desired friends, co-workers or relatives.”

Christmas gift cards can be picked up by dropping by the Pantry or can be mailed out USPS upon request.

Don Stouder unloads a food shipment with holiday food supplies for the Cassville Pantry. Contributed photo

People may call or text Pantry Director Janet Mills at 417-846-7871 for more information about the facility’s programs and services.

Contributions and communications are received at the agency address at 800 West 10th St., Cassville, MO 65625.

Updated scheduling information and program announcements are offered on the Cassville Pantry Facebook page.

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