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Remodeling will help The Lord’s Cupboard serve people

Residents should consider donating to this vital food resource

Iowa may well be the food-producing capital of the United States, but even here there are always people who need help to put nutritious meals on the table.

For decades, The Lord’s Cupboard in Fort Dodge has been the key source of support for those folks in the area. It supplies eggs, butter, milk, cheese, bread, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and other food.

As a result of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lord’s Cupboard is busier than ever. Joni Ham-Olson, the food pantry’s director, reported that 61 families that had never had to rely on it before came to the The Lord’s Cupbaord in September.

In the midst of all the increased activtity, the food pantry is now undergoing a much needed renovation. It has been located in the basement of the First United Methodist Church’s office building on North 10th Street. When renovations now underway are done, it will be located on the street level of the building. The move will be key to better serving the disabled who cannot get down the stairs.

The project also includes electrical upgrades and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The whole effort is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

Along with the renovation, the pantry is needing some new shelves, refrigerators and freezers.

The rest of us can help with all of these needs by making even a small donation to The Lord’s Cupboard.

To donate, visit the pantry’s Facebook page. Donations can also be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church office.

A little financial help from everyone who can provide it will ensure that this valuable resource is available for our neighbors who worry about where their next meal will come from.

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