The Cane River Food Pantry is in Business at its New Location

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Every month, the Cane River Food Pantry gives out food packages to around 230 of our fellow citizens and their families who need a little help keeping food on the table. The food pantry has been in service for 20 years and has recently moved to its new location at 446 Martin Luther King Drive in Natchitoches. A representative from the Louisiana SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-formerly food stamps) will be on hand to assist those who may wish to apply and answer questions.

The Cane River Food Pantry is a true community effort, staffed and run entirely by volunteers. NSU athletes have unloaded food trucks. Student groups such as Helping Hands, Greek Letter Organizations and Student Government from NSU have organized food donations and helped with packing food boxes and passing them out. They have been joined by local Boy Scouts and volunteers from different churches working together to package and distribute the food. The stocks of food received from the regional food bank are supplemented by food donated by people and churches all over Natchitoches Parish.

There are a number of people in our community whose circumstances are such, either due to health or lack of transportation, who cannot get to the food pantry. In that event, volunteers drive out to deliver their food packages.

The Cane River Food Pantry needs your help to continue its mission to help the less fortunate in our parish. There are trucks to unload, food to package and then hand out. There is a continual need for food donations. There are tasks suited to every level of ability. Every month, people come to the Cane River Food Pantry for assistance. Some are elderly. Some are handicapped. Some are young families, others in trying circumstances. They are our fellow citizens. They need our help.

The Cane River Food Pantry gives out food on the 2nd Saturday of every month. On the Wednesday before, food deliveries are unloaded. On the Thursday before, the food boxes are packed for hand out and delivery. If you would like to donate and/or volunteer to help, please contact Ms. Donna Green at First United Methodist Church 318-357-8296.