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Meeting the need in Wyanet

Wyanet Food Pantry continues to offer help for area residents

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 3:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 3:14 p.m. CDT

WYANET — Year in and year out, the Wyanet Food Pantry continues to be a needed outreach for the community.

However, some months the need is greater than in other months, according to Director Kathy Crayne.

On Wednesday, Crayne said the Wyanet Food Pantry served 107 people in November, which is down somewhat from the number served one year ago. But when you really consider it, a decrease in the number of people needing the food pantry is actually a good thing, she said.

Reasons for that decrease is because some people have moved from the area and others have gotten jobs, Crayne said. However, there are some new people who have come recently to the food pantry, which replaces some of the people who have left.

But realistically, any decrease in numbers is probably not going to last, Crayne said. December has been a busier month already with more people coming through the doors for assistance, she said.

Right now, the shelves are fairly well-stocked at the food pantry, Crayne said. There have been quite a few recent donations from area school children and through private donations.

Looking specifically at the holiday season, Crayne said the food pantry gave out gift certificates to the Wyanet Locker for Thanksgiving and are giving out similar gift certificates for Christmas. Each family will also receive a new blanket this month, and every child will receive a Christmas gift, thanks to the generosity of church and community members who have done some shopping for the children.

There are some really nice stories with the people who use the food pantry, Crayne said. Some of the mothers using the food pantry to help feed their children have now completed their schooling and are now working. Some of the food pantry clients also volunteer their time at the pantry as their way to give back, she said.

Regardless of the season, donations are always welcomed. In addition to food items, things like toiletries, soaps and paper products are always needed as well.

On a personal note, Crayne said she is thankful for all the volunteers who help at the food pantry, including some who are new volunteers. For the past several months, she has had some family concerns which have taken away from her time at the food pantry. The volunteers have done a wonderful job stepping up and taking on extra duties when she couldn't be there.

It's good to be part of a community which looks for ways to help residents when they need it, the director said.

Opened about 10 years ago in the basement of the United Methodist Church on Wyanet's Main Street, the Wyanet Food Pantry has its regular open hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. However, those hours will be moved to Mondays, from 4 to 6 p.m., for the next two weeks to accommodate the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

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