A Macon county community food pantry is set to open up shop in a new spot Tuesday.
The larger space for Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry and Monthly Food Distribution should make it possible for the organization to store a wider variety of food, including fresh produce, for its growing number of clients. Emergency Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Truitt says the new facility and its amenities will give clients more choices.
“We’re going to be able to offer much better food, a better quality, more nutritious, better variety and all of the above,” Truitt said.
The Emergency Food Pantry includes a walk-in cooler to store fresh produce and an additional area for incoming donations. Two-thirds of the space is reserved for the Monthly Food Distribution food supply, which includes the more than 44,000 pounds of food received from Central Missouri Food Bank each month. Sam Hartung is the Monthly Food Distribution warehouse manager.
“It’s really going to be a lot better, especially with the holidays coming up because with these walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers we’re able to offer better food like a couple of palettes of potatoes,” Hartung said.
The organization will operate under the same business hours at their new location.