A food pantry opened last week at the First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St.
"We've been working on it, and it is all ready to go," said Bonnie Morse, a member of the church who will man the pantry on Saturday mornings.
In the pantry, located in the church's fellowship hall, food -- collected by Boy Scouts and the church congregation -- lines shelves donated by Larry Parkin. Morse said money vouchers are also available for fresh food, such as meat, milk and eggs.
The pantry will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, and as needed.
Morse said the only items the pantry is short on are baby food and formula. Morse said she expects the congregation to help stock up on baby items.
Morse stressed that everyone who has a need is welcome to use the pantry. They do not need to be church members, community members or a client of the state's welfare agency.
"I am always upset if there is so much red tape that they cannot get the help they need," said Morse, a social worker with Head Start.
Morse said the pantry also can be opened on an "as-needed" basis, or deliveries can be made. Contact the church at 594-6612 for deliveries or to request the pantry be open at another time.
"We can do it anonymously and deliver to wherever," she said. "Everyone is welcome."
Morse, who has lived in the community since July, said the church had a food pantry once before, and the congregation and the Rev. Nanette Roberts decided to take up the practice again.
"We are really excited," Morse said. "I think the need has always been there."