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Health Crisis Means Greater Need for Food Donations for W.E.L.C.O.M.E. Food Pantry

By Gerri Miller

Staff Writer

Despite the dangers of COVID19, the W.E.L.C.O.M.E. Food Pantry has continued to stay open to serve the needs of the West Elmore County Community. The food pantry has seen an increase in new clients because of the health crisis and is in need of food donations.

“Our food donations of which account for about 45 percent of the food we give out has significantly decreased,” said D’Ann Pendley, executive director of the organization. “We will very soon have to acquire most of the food we give out. We will do that thru the Montgomery Area Food Bank as long as possible as that is our best source of food.”

Pendley said the schools are serving breakfast and lunches but the need for food is still greater. “The families we currently serve are needing additional help at home more,” she said.

Donated items needed include canned vegetables, canned chicken and tuna, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, ravioli-type canned meals, rice, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, and miscellaneous toiletries.

“We continue to have great support from local churches, businesses, individuals and our city and county, Pendley said.

W.E.L.C.O.M.E. is open on Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is located at 3253 Main Street in Millbrook. It is open each Thursday with a drive-up service for their clients and to those who are in need due to unemployment issues caused by the Coronavirus shutting down businesses.

“The W.E.L.C.O.M.E Food Pantry continues to stay open to serve our community,” Pendley said. “Our volunteers are doing all we can to be able to safely distribute food to the needy of our community as well as those laid off without pay.”

Pendley said any help from individuals as well as from churches and business will be appreciated.

The monthly food drop will be held in the AirNow parking lot on May 28th.

On-Line donation through PayPal/Debit card can be made the organization’s web site :