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Food Bank Searching for Volunteers this Holiday Season

By Aaryn Frazier, December 05, 2018

The Lord’s Cupboard in Fairfield are ready to pack and distribute the Christmas Meal Boxes to low-income households throughout Jefferson County, but they need a bit of help.

Volunteers can help fill the boxes on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Family Center.

“The Lord’s cupboard has been in existence since 1982, when they started by working out of a hallway at the Nazarene Church.  The very first project that year was the December Christmas boxes, so it’s a project that holds a special place in the hearts of those who have been involved,” explained Laura Cohen, Lord’s Cupboard executive director, “Since then, the offerings at The Lord’s cupboard have grown to include a daily emergency food pantry and the LOAF summertime program aiming to help feed school children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches during the school year.”

Ages twelve and up are welcome, and should bring their volunteering forms to be signed.

The warehouse where boxes are packed can be cold, so volunteers are encouraged to wear a jacket and gloves.

“Many people are shocked that there are friends and neighbors going hungry right here in the breadbasket of the USA, but it is an unfortunate truth.  The reasons people may find themselves food insecure vary so widely that it is impossible to convey in a quick statistic,” stressed Cohen. “From job loss to injury or illness, from domestic abuse to struggles with addiction, The Lord’s Cupboard exists to get food into the mouths of hungry neighbors without judgment.  The food pantry serves Jefferson County from its location at 303 N 4th, and is open weekday afternoons 1:00-4:00.”

According to a release from The Lord’s Cupboard, nearly half served by the pantry are under the age of eighteen, and it is Jefferson County’s emergency food pantry. They distribute around 500 food orders a month from donations submitted Monday through Friday, from 1-4 p.m.

They also accept credit cards and Paypal donations through their website at www.LordsCupboard.org. More information can be found on The Lord’s Cupboard’s Facebook page.

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