To the Editor:
The Clay County Emergency Food Pantry met Friday for the quarterly report of their activities.
Sixteen advisory board members were present for the business session that followed a delicious pitch-in dinner.
Executive Director Ruth Haas reported a total of 1,004 family units were served with 11,402 bags/boxes of food and other essential items.
Treasurer's reports were provided that indicate a decrease in financial assistance.
We would urge the community to help us during this economic distressed time.
We are thankful for the many individuals, civic and community organizations that give us support, both financially and food and clothing and other household essentials.
We urge the local churches to consider supporting this vital ministry to our community.
It appears the government doesn't consider the community as eligible for assistance.
Our records would indicate that we have a real concern to help our families sustain themselves.
The pantry will once again sponsor a Christmas House program to provide food and special gifts for the children.
We request that families register with us for this assistance.
We are blessed with a large number of men and women who volunteer daily to make this ministry possible.
Additional help is desired as well as generosity to provide needed funds to purchase food for distribution.
Thank you, Clay County, for support of the Emergency Food Pantry.
George T. Hewitt, Chairman,
Clay County Emergency Food Pantry,