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NL Pantry responds to demand

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will be open two more hours per week beginning in December. The NLCP has had a steady increase in visits over the last two years with a 14 percent increase in 2010, and a 14 percent increase during the first 10 months of 2011. Visits averaged 470 per month during 2011. The small pantry building limits the number of families that can be assisted during open hours.
“The last time we increased our hours was two years ago,” said Tina DuBois, Executive Director. “Increasing hours will allow us to meet additional needs while we are still in our current facility.” The NLCP Board of Directors has already raised nearly $80,000 toward a new pantry facility and $250,000 is the estimated cost for completion of the building.
According to DuBois, an increasing number of requests for service have been coming from families who never needed the pantry in the past. One family stated recently, “Without the pantry, we wouldn’t be able to eat two weeks out of the month.” Requests for winter coats for adults have also been higher than in previous years.
Pantry hours as of December 1:
Tuesday: 10 a.m–12 p.m. and 3–6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. –12 p.m. and 3–6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–12 p.m..
Contact North Liberty Community Pantry, 85 North Jones Blvd., North Liberty with questions or to make donations, 319- 626-2711. Or visit the website at www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org.