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Administrative changes in store for Food Pantry

Students at Mease and Taft Elementary Schools donated ap-proximately $1,000 worth of food and hygiene items to the Humboldt County Food Pantry last week. Pictured from left: Food Pantry volunteer Nancy Johansen, Justin Gould, Claire Cooper, Manny Lerma, Lori Hajek, Blaine Anderson and Food Pantry volunteer Mary Dahl. Humboldt Independent photo.

Users of the Humboldt County Food Pantry will see little change, but there are some changes from a financial and bookkeeping standpoint for the service.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) has announced a change that will take place between UDMO and the Humboldt County Ministerial Association (HCMA) starting Jan. 1, 2013.
Individuals who are in need of food pantry foodstuffs starting in the New Year will no longer need to come to the UDMO office located on the third floor of the courthouse.
To obtain a voucher for food assistance, an individual will go directly to the Food Pantry at the Humboldt County Secondary Road office located at 2221 220th St. (Highway 3) in Humboldt.
“UDMO is excited that the HCMA will be taking over the food pantry for this will provide easier access to the pantry for individuals. Having the food assistance under one roof should make the process friendlier and easier to use,” said Mary Ohrtman, outreach director for UDMO in Humboldt County.
Nancy Johansen and Mary Dahl will continue to coordinate the Food Pantry food purchasing, stocking and distribution, along with help from volunteers of the local church parishes/congregations.
The Food Pantry will continue to operate during its regular hours of Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Any community donations to the food pantry should be directed to the Humboldt County Ministerial Association, or the Food Pantry.
According to volunteer Pat Hill, the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church office, 1212 Sumner Ave., will be the drop off and mailing location for monetary donations made to the Food Pantry.
Any foodstuffs donated to the Food Pantry may be coordinated with Johansen and Dahl, and dropped off at the pantry.