- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A food pantry is set to open this week at Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

The Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1GZrr35 ) reports the pantry will open Wednesday. Bobbi Bendickson, a member of the church’s Local Missions Committee, says that the church had been analyzing the community’s needs and a food pantry ranked the highest.

“A lot of people think Clear Lake doesn’t have a lot of poverty,” Bendickson said, but the reality is about 1,200 people in Clear Lake are living at or below the poverty level.

Clients will be able to go into the food pantry once a month to get food just like they can at the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.

The food pantry will be located in a small room inside the church, but church officials are looking for a larger space because they believe the current location will be outgrown within six weeks to three months.

The startup costs and equipment for the pantry were provided by Clear Lake United Methodist Church members, and a Lenten food drive stocked the shelves.

According to Bendickson, the food pantry still needs 1,000 pounds of food a month.

Once the pantry has been open for 90 days, it will be eligible for Partner Agency designation from the Food Bank of Iowa, which will allow it to purchase food at reduced prices and expand its services.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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