Use of the Food Pantry has grown significantly since it first opened in 1996. The Food Pantry was created to provide food, personal care, and household supplies to a growing number of people in the community who lacked these resources. By winter of 2000, the Food Pantry served 84 clients in three months. Now in 2013 over 500 clients per month are being served.
The Food Pantry is located in the Parish Hall of First Lutheran Church. It is open to anyone who requests its services. Clients will be asked for their name, address, identification, and number of members in their family. No other documentation is necessary.
The Food pantry is an Iowa non-profit corporation (501c3).
Monday – Friday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Holidays and inclement weather will affect hours. Listen to local radio stations for announcements, or call the church with questions.
WHAT WE NEED
Currently needed: Macaroni and cheese, syrup, potatoes, onions, pork and beans, canned and dry beans, green beans, pineapple, soups, canned fish and meats, dry and evaporated milk, jello and pudding mixes, syrup, hot chocolate, instant oatmeal, baking mixes/supplies, and popcorn. Magazines & children books for the waiting area; new or gently used, clean, blanket, sheets & towels.
Baby items: diapers, formula, wipes, ointment, food and juices
Beverages: tea, juices, coffee
Breakfast items: syrup, pancake mix, cereal bars, Pop-Tarts, hot and cold cereals, oatmeal
Condiments: jelly, ketchup, relish, mustard, salad dressing
Crackers: saltines, graham
Desserts: Gelatin, pudding (regular and sugar-free mixes), cake mixes, brownie mixes, pie ingredients
Fruit (fresh and canned): applesauce, pears, peaches, pineapple, mixed fruit, etc.
Meals: canned chili, stew, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper, pasta in a can
Meats: frozen and canned meat & fish
Miscellaneous: peanut butter, cornmeal, flour, sugar, oil (pour or spray)
Pasta: spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, rice
Produce: cooler items; eggs, cheese, and fresh produce
Sauces: Spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, barbeque sauce, gravy
Seasonings: salt, pepper, chili powder, etc.
Snack items: pretzels, popcorn, granola bars, trail mix
Soup: all varieties
Vegetables: canned beans, green beans, peas, corn, instant mashed potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, mixed veggies
Household items: dish and laundry detergent, bleach, cleaners
Non-food items: paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, tissues, feminine care products
Personal care: shampoo, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving supplies
Bedding: towels, blankets, sheets (new or clean gently used)
Health regulations do not permit us to accept home-prepared items (e.g., canned preserves)
Very large packages and cans may be more economical, but limited space often makes them more difficult to store and distribute. Several smaller packages serve more clients.
HOW TO GIVE
Monetary donations: If you are uncertain what to donate to the Food Pantry, monetary donations are welcome. Donations can be used to purchase items through the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and [local] stores. As we purchase food items in bulk at a decreased rate, monetary donations can make a greater impact than donating individual items. Checks may be made out to the Food Pantry at FLC and mailed to 604 W. Broadway St, Decorah IA, 52101.
Coupons: Donating coupons can save significant cash when purchases are made with donated coupons.
Prayers: Pray for the ministry of the Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church and for those who benefit from it. Ask the Lord for insight into how we might be part of the solution to the problem of increasing hunger in the world, including Iowa.