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Archive for Saturday, December 16, 2000

From bare to spare

Residents restock Pelathe food pantry

December 16, 2000

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Lawrence residents came to the rescue of the food pantry at Pelathe Community Resource Center on Friday, donating thousands of dollars in cash and food to fill the center's pantry.

"They're coming in left and right," Terrence Savage, director of food programs, said late Friday morning.

Judy Leuer, a volunteer at Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423
Haskell Ave., looks over stacks of food on Friday that were brought
to the center. Lawrence residents responded generously after the
center's food shortage was publicized. "Our pantry has really
needed some help," Leuer said. "It's been a great blessing, all the
people coming in."

Judy Leuer, a volunteer at Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423 Haskell Ave., looks over stacks of food on Friday that were brought to the center. Lawrence residents responded generously after the center's food shortage was publicized. "Our pantry has really needed some help," Leuer said. "It's been a great blessing, all the people coming in."

In a story in Friday's Journal-World, Savage said the pantry would close Monday because its shelves and freezers were nearly empty and the center had no money to refill them until January. Nearly 40 families served by the pantry were being told to find food elsewhere.

"If I had $1,200, I could fill this place up for four months," he told the Journal-World Thursday.

By noon Friday, he said, Lawrence residents had donated an estimated $2,700 in cash, and about $1,100 worth of food.

"I'm gonna stay open," Savage said. "I'm gonna stay open as long as I can."

He said the center would open today and a half-day Sunday to continue taking donations and disbursing food.

Donations of food or money may be sent to the Pelathe Community Resource Center at 1423 Haskell Ave. The center's phone number is 841-7202.

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