Hastings Food Pantry returns to higher level of production

Inventory decreasing as orders continue climbing
Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 8:53 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hastings Food Pantry was sending out about eight orders per day, nearly its limit. After an extended down period it has now returned to that high level of production.

The “down” period lasted nearly seven weeks in which the pantry wasn’t sending out orders anywhere near the level of production it was working at in March.

“I don’t know if that’s because other agencies were stepping up and providing food but right now it seems like we’re getting really busy again,” Don Gronemeyer, the President of the Board of Directors, said.

The pantry is back to sending out six, seven, or eight orders per day which Gronemeyer says could feed up to 50 people. Since one order means “one family” there’s no way to tell just how many people will benefit from the pantry’s orders.

More orders means the shelves empty quickly, which is good because it means the pantry is doing its job, Gronemeyer said, but bad because less inventory means less people to help.

The pantry hasn’t had a food drive since Christmas.

The pantry is always accepting donations, both monetarily and food, and is looking for items such as Hamburger Helper, pasta and rice sides and dehydrated potatoes. Gronemeyer says they’re good on meat and vegetables as of now. They also look for soup during this time to prepare for winter.

Any questions can be directed to the food pantry at (402) 463-2911.

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