Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Harvesters pantry delayed

By KATE SHELTON, Herald Staff Writer | 8/1/2014

A Harvesters food distribution event set for Wednesday has been delayed a week, but help still is on the way for hungry residents.

The mobile food pantry is set to visit 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Ottawa National Guard Armory, 208 W. 17th St., Ottawa. Harvesters typically brings fresh vegetables and fruits to Franklin County, Jake Howard, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. human services coordinator, said. The program has no limitations on who can receive food, he said.

A Harvesters food distribution event set for Wednesday has been delayed a week, but help still is on the way for hungry residents.

The mobile food pantry is set to visit 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Ottawa National Guard Armory, 208 W. 17th St., Ottawa. Harvesters typically brings fresh vegetables and fruits to Franklin County, Jake Howard, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. human services coordinator, said. The program has no limitations on who can receive food, he said.

“Anyone [can receive] that is hungry or in need of food,” Howard said. “It’s on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Volunteers typically include workers from local businesses such as COF Training Services and Walmart Logistics, he said.

The food pantry’s purpose is to distribute perishable items quickly to those in need, according to the Harvesters website. It can also be used when a large donation is received, but there is not enough storage space for it. This is to ensure that food is not wasted and is given to deserving people.

“Bring bags or boxes because you’re going to get a lot of food,” Howard said.

ECKAN and Harvesters provide the mobile food pantry once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. ECKAN also picks up food from Price Chopper and Walmart frequently and distributes it at the Don Woodward Community Center, 517 E. Third St., Ottawa, at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.

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