Bare Shelves Close Food Pantry
Compassionate Ministries in Van Buren closed its doors for two days last week after running out of food.
“I know there was a lot of people depending on us and that’s tough,” said Jan O’Leary, a volunteer.
The food pantry shut down for the first time ever on Monday and Tuesday last week.
“That’s the first time since I’ve been here that that has happened,” said O’Leary.
The pantry provides groceries for people from all over Crawford County. Last month they fed more than 300 families.
“Even just a little bit helps you know,” said Jessica Jones, Vice President of Car Corner Auto Sales in Van Buren.
Jones’ business heard the pantry needed food. “We just decided well we have a food drive, at least try to do something,” she said.
Donate a can of food to the pantry, and you are entered into a drawing to win a free oil change, alignment, and detail at car corner.
“We’ve taken one truck load over,” said Jones.
The pantry needs meat, rice, beans, and peanut butter. “We’re just thankful to get anything,” said O’Leary. “I was raised very poor, but yet my parents taught me whatever you have you share.”
The pantry reopened its doors. They have food now, but still need donations.
Car Corner Auto Sales plans to hold their drawing at the end of the month.