Cascade Neighborhood Meals Pantry holds one final distribution earlier than closing for good

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa (KCRG) – The Cascade Neighborhood Meals Pantry opened for the final time earlier than it formally closed Friday morning. Pantry He has been servicing Cascade for over 40 years.

“We have had 30 households, 35 households earlier than. However through the years, it goes up and down,” says Diana Myers, president of the Cascade Neighborhood Meals Pantry.

Cascade’s Jeffrey Engesser is the daddy of seven kids.

“Generally there are issues we do not have at residence as a result of we do not have cash. Generally we get laid off within the winter and do not have it,” Engesser stated.

He lives proper subsequent door to the pantry and says he is been serving to his household in occasions of want for over a decade.

“If I needed to come, I’d name her, in any other case I would not. Come provided that it’s good to,” Engesser stated.

Myers has owned the pantry for 20 years.

“We have been solely open as soon as a month, however they may name me at their comfort and I’d meet them right here,” she defined.

Myers says the pantry has to go as a result of the constructing’s proprietor plans to develop it into one thing new.

“We went all over the place knocking on doorways, however simply taking a look at one spot did not work. No warmth, nothing, nowhere to go,” she stated.

With no place to show the pantry, it’s utterly closed, leaving yet one more choice within the Cascade of St. Matthias Catholic Church.

“In case you do not want one thing, take it the place individuals want it,” says Engesser.

Myers says he’ll proceed to provide again to the neighborhood in some ways, and hopes others will do the identical.

“When you have the chance to volunteer someplace, do it anyway. And it’ll turn into part of you, part of you, and I’ll positively miss it.

She plans to proceed doing one thing known as Jam the Van. That is the place faculties assist pack non-food objects like toiletries into vans.Myers plans to distribute this stuff to different pantries within the space.

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