Food Pantry Runs Low On Supplies As Demand Grow

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
While Christmas time is when most people think about giving, there are people in Benton County who need help now.  The Benton County Food Pantry gives out food to those in need practically every day. 
In March 2019, the Benton County Food Pantry served 1,011 families in Benton County with 80% of those below the poverty level.
They also served 2,421 individual in Benton County with 875 of those being 60 and older.
They passed out 178 senior boxes, 25 veterans boxes and welcomed in 87 new clients.
“Donations are down this year,” said Benton County Food Pantry manager Jeannie Arnold. “We hear the economy is better, but we don’t see that here.”
Arnold said her staff is helping 60 to 120 families a day with only a 1/3 of the donations that they received last year.
“Some months our donations are down to half of what they were last year,” said Arnold. “But we don’t turn anyone away.”
Arnold reported that many of the Food Pantry customers are on disability or Social Security or they just can’t seem to find a job.
“I don’t know why they are moving here because there certainly aren’t any jobs here,” Arnold said.
It was especially difficult for the First Quarter of the Benton County Food Contributions including Client Contributions are the lowest that they have ever been.
Benton County Food Pantry is not supported by taxes or other public funds so they need your contributions to improve services and keep the doors open. Without community support the future needs might not be met.
All volunteers and board members of the nonprofit organization now asks for financial support.  All  contributions are most welcome.
The Benton County Food Pantry is 100% volunteer,  No one working there is being paid.
Donations can be sent to Benton County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1758, Warsaw, MO  65355 or you can drop off donations at 121 Tower Drive, Warsaw, MO.