The Lord’s Cupboard starts fundraising for renovations

A baked potato meal fundraiser for the Lord’s Cupboard’s renovation project will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St.

The Lord’s Cupboard, a mainstay food pantry in Fort Dodge, is taking on a $250,000 renovation to provide greater pantry access to those with disabilites. The pantry’s current location, in the basement of the church’s office building at the corner of Second Avenue North and North 10th Street, means that volunteers running the pantry have to make a lot of trips up and down stairs.

The renovation will remodel two-thirds of the upstairs for the food pantry, sharing the space with existing offices, and install handicap-accessible ramps and restrooms.

“It’s going to be a benefit for our clients and volunteers who have to run groceries up and down stairs,” said director Joni Ham-Olson. “We’re looking to make it easier.”

She expects the renovation, which The Lord’s Cupboard hopes to get underway this year if enough money is raised, will increase traffic volume to the pantry.