Schulenburg Area Food Pantry opens new building

Nov. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

The celebration was Oct. 23, and it will continue for years to come. There is now a new building for the Schulenburg Area Food Pantry to store food for the needy.

As officials, community members, board of directors, volunteers and others surged upon the scene at 304 E. Avenue in Schulenburg, they were reminded of a dire need to feed those in hunger. Judge Ed Janecka and Mayor Roger Moellenberndt graced the stage as part of the ceremony thanking the unpaid Schulenburg Area Food Pantry Board of Directors and the volunteers for the countless hours performed in the last 15 years of its inception.

In 2011, 44,752 pounds of food was distributed with 15,499 pounds donated, 1,319 households were served with 3,380 people, and 52 new applications to the program (representing 135 people in need). Referrals come by self, word of mouth, ministers, social workers, apartment managers, law enforcement, clinics and doctors. More than 200 of these clients are 21 years of age or under. Last year's 20-plus unpaid volunteers and board members to SAFP chalked up 2,279 hours - a value of $47,859. The SAFP at 304 E. Avenue in Schulenburg is opened for the needy in the 78956 zip code every Thursday, except for holidays, from 9-11 a.m.

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