Keeping the shelves fully stocked
By Robin Scott
Sixty families in the Dalhart area received a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings just in time for Thanksgiving. The dinner was provided by the Lincoln Street Food Pantry through the donations of hundreds of benevolent citizens.
The food pantry, operated by the Lincoln Street Baptist Church, has the enduring task of keeping the shelves fully stocked so that families in need may pick up much needed food and nonperishable items. Families may need food year round, and not only during the holiday season.
The 60 families signed up for the meal in late October and picked up their fare on Tuesday, November 24th. The turkeys were purchased from donations received by those who are more fortunate and who wanted to make certain that others within the community had an opportunity to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. The director of the pantry noted, “The families came on Tuesday during our regular hours from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and received a turkey and all the trimmings they will cook themselves.” She further noted, “We go by the size of the family to determine how much food each family receives.”
Families in the Dalhart area that desire to take part in the Christmas meal are encouraged to sign up during the first two weeks of November. The pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Several area churches, including First Christian Church, Central Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Dalhart Christian Academy and the City of Channing hold can drives within their churches to help stock the shelves at the Lincoln Street Food Pantry, but anyone may make a donation. Donations may be as small as one can of food to as large as the giver chooses.
The food pantry is never too full, and donations are always graciously accepted and encouraged. Any nonperishable food item is accepted as well as meats. The pantry is equipped with a deep freeze and meat may be frozen. The director noted, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if a farm donated a cow and had it made into ground beef and packaged up?!”
All donations received by the pantry are used locally. The pantry operates off of the donations of area residents and businesses only and no other funding. The director noted, “We survive on donations and everything stays here locally.” The pantry receives food and also clothing, all of which is given to area families in need. No matter how much the pantry receives, it always needs more and any surplus during any particular food drive is used at a later time. Other items always in demand are diapers and formula. Any nonperishable items that may be used by someone in need are accepted.
The Lincoln Street Food Pantry is located at 1019 Lincoln Street in Dalhart, telephone 249-2826. Call or stop by during pantry hours to donate items and help keep the shelves fully stocked year round.