Letter to the editor
To the editor:
First, on behalf of Baldwin First United Methodist Church, we would like to thank Baldwin City residents for their very generous nature. The food pantry at Baldwin First relies heavily on the community help to keep it stocked and running. This past year there have been multiple food drives and major donations. That said, we are being utilized more than ever because of the economy.
Recently we have had a big increase in need. We have restructured to serve as many people as possible. We are now open only on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. We are currently in need of food and donations to keep us providing the services we do. Last Saturday we provided food to 24 individuals representing 71 family members.
You can donate food at the Baldwin City Market. There is a cart at the front of the store for donations. Please keep in mind items used daily in meal preparation. Food items such as canned meat (chicken, tuna, salmon, ham), boxed dinners, canned vegetables and fruit (tomatoes, corn, spinach, mixed veggies, fruit cocktail, applesauce, etc.) fly off our shelves. Canned soups, especially the chunky kind, chili, peanut butter and jelly are always needed. Boxed or bagged cereal, raisins and dried fruit such as prunes are great donations and really appreciated.
There is a need for paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels; hygienic products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brushes, and laundry detergent are requested. Please remember to purchase or donate items you use daily; those are what are usually needed at the pantry as well.
One additional request — please check expiration dates. We cannot put expired canned goods or food on the shelves. We sort through items constantly and cannot give out badly dented or expired food items.
Finally, if it’s easier for you, monetary donations are always appreciated. Laura Dickinson, the Missions Committee leader, frequently purchases additional items needed at the pantry when we are running low and have the funds available. You can send checks to Baldwin First with “food pantry” in the memo line and it will be used for the food pantry exclusively. The address is Baldwin First UMC, P.O. Box 25, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0025.
Marvé Ralston and
Baldwin City First UMC Missions Committee