(Ozark, Mo.--05/04/18) An Ozarks food pantry that provides monthly groceries to thousands of people is officially moved into their new facility to meet a greater demand.
Many families like Casey Morris in our area struggle to consistently put food on their table and it's especially hard on the children.
"You have you’re good times and you have your bad times in life and sometimes you’re super blessed and sometimes you just have to really hang in there," explains Morris.
Least of These Food Pantry has been a lifeline for Casey and his wife for two years.
"If we didn’t have Least of These I think a lot of people would be in trouble because there’s so much opportunity here for food, clothing. For whatever the case maybe when somebody’s in desperate need it’s nice to have something like this you can reach out to."
Directors and volunteers with the non profit says it's all about neighbor helping neighbor, and making sure people have a chance.
Kristy Carter, Director of Development, Least of These Food Pantry, "The clients that we serve are no different than you and I. They’re people and they deserve to be treated like people. I think many people in our community are one or two paychecks away from being clients of ours."
The pantry has been serving christian county families like Sarah Norton for years,"They’ve helped us so much and for the people who don’t know what going through struggle is, don’t look down on people like us cause we’re trying to make it work and things like this make it a lot easier for us," says Norton.
A new building is helping organizers like Bonnie Schooler, Executive Director, Least of These Food Pantry, better serve our community. She says the non profit serves more than 800 families a month. The former location was 10,000 square feet, but organizers says the newest site is nearly double the size.
"Before my first question was always do I have freezer space? Do I have shelf space? Now we have ample space to take advantage of the best bargains and so to provide more products for our clients," says Schooler.
Organizers are hoping the extra space will simplify and streamline the massive undertaking of providing food for those in need,the stronger our struggling population is, the stronger the whole community is going to be. We want people to get back on their and be able to be an active part of the community.
Carter says they are still needing $200,000 to complete their captial campaign. Click here If you would like to donate.