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Crayne: The need is always there

Wyanet Food Pantry helps to meet that need

WYANET — The Wyanet Food Pantry continues to meet a steady need to help feed the hungry within the Wyanet community.

Though the Wyanet Food Pantry does not typically do anything extra for the Easter season, Director Kathy Crayne said the food pantry is faithful in helping to meet supplies and food needs for people in its service area. Right now, the pantry shelves are well-stocked to make sure people have what they need. Of course, items are constantly going off the shelves and need to be replenished.

The Wyanet Food Pantry serves about 40 families each month, a number that has been fairly consistent for quite a while, Crayne said. It’s sad to see people come in who are struggling, but the volunteers help them feel at ease, and the people are usually smiling by the time they leave, she added.

The Wyanet Food Pantry continues to get items from both the River Bend Food Bank in the Quad Cities, and from the Midwest Food Bank in Peoria. However, there are always other needs, especially in the areas of paper products and toiletries which may or may not be available through the food banks.

Fortunately, the Wyanet community has been very supportive and generous with the food pantry, as well as other community endeavors, Crayne said. As an example, Dr. Gary Eckberg gave the food pantry a lot of toothpaste, when he closed his Wyanet dental office. The food pantry volunteers are a great group of community-minded people, with some of them going above and beyond this winter to help some people get clothes for their family through The Closet store in Princeton.

“It’s amazing what neighbors do for neighbors here in Wyanet, and I’m not just talking about giving to the food pantry.” Crayne said.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, the Wyanet Food Pantry was established in March 2003 as an outreach of the Wyanet United Methodist Church. The food pantry serves individuals or families who live in Wyanet or Wyanet Township. However, no one will be turned away that first time but will be directed to the right pantry for the next month, Crayne has said.

Located in the basement of the United Methodist Church at 112 W. Main St., the food pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

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