By JEAN CARTER
Citizen staff writer
The Preston Community Food Pantry is $5,000 closer to finalizing plans to build and equip their own facility, which will give them more storage space, a larger sorting area and provide easier distribution to families who use the pantry.
Once a month food pantry volunteers hand out grocery items to nearly 200 families in need of their services.
The pantry, which currently uses the Preston Archery Building on West Oneida, is part of the Mobile Food Pantry of the Idaho Food Bank.
One of the requirements is that there be a partnership with a local organization or agency. The Preston Community Presbyterian Church has agreed to be that partner. Subsequently, that resulted in a $2,000 donation from the Presbytery of Utah, to which the Preston church belongs. A second donation of $1,000 was given in memory of a volunteer of the food pantry, and member of the Presbyterian church. A $2,000 donation from a Franklin County resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, combined with donations from other organizations, as well as in-kind donations of materials, brings the pantry to within 65 percent of funds needed for the building and equipping their own facility.
The Preston Community Food Pantry is open to all area families, and food distribution is done once a month, usually the second Thursday.
Anyone wishing to help, either in money, food or volunteer time, may contact Steve Aust at 852-3611 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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