Letter to the Editor

Thanks to our community

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As our world faces the once-in-a-lifetime challenge of a global pandemic, the Board of Loaves and Fishes Food Bank would like to thank our community for all the ways it has joined with us in serving the hungry in Carroll County. Our financial donors, whether individuals, churches, or businesses, give us the wherewithal to supplement government commodities with a variety of foods and items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Corporate citizens support us in a variety of ways. Wal-Mart and Harter House make food donations, and Tyson regularly donates chicken and recently made storage available for a large shipment of frozen foods. Carroll Electric sends us volunteers at Christmas, and service clubs such as Kiwanis and Rotary, as well as churches and youth organizations, help us pack weekend food bags for the children in our schools.

Our volunteers are the best ó dedicated, committed people who understand that their lives have been blessed, and who want to share those blessings with others. They pick up food and get it delivered to the food bank, offload tons of food from 18-wheelers at our loading dock, stock shelves, greet and serve our clients, perform a host of administrative duties and adapt as need be. The current crisis has caused us to convert our operation to a drive-through process; the volunteers cheerfully offered ideas and have happily made the adjustments to allow us to continue offering services. Our clients have graciously and patiently worked with us through this difficult time.

All of this is a reminder to us at Loaves and Fishes that this is an amazing community we live in. We canít be sure what the next few weeks and months will bring, but the love we see being practiced every day in this community is the grace of God in action.

This flow of love, this sense of connection to one another, even in our isolation, will keep us strong.

ó Board of Directors,

Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks, Inc.