For years, the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel Iowa has been located at the Adel United Methodist Church in Adel, but as of Thursday the pantry moved and is now located in a place that will be more convenient for everyone involved.
The Adel Food Pantry, which serves about 90-95 families per week, is now located in the old cafeteria area within the A-D-M Community Schools Administration Building at 215 North 11th Street in Adel.
The new location is ADA accessible with a ramp into the building, and will allow the volunteers to store equipment in permanent locations, instead of moving things into a single room like they have had to do in the past at the church.
Celia McCollum, food pantry manager, even said that the space will allow them to leave early, even if they still have unfinished work.
“If we got a donation of food in and we’ve been here since 10 o’clock and it’s 2 o’clock, we can leave it until tomorrow and come back, or until the next day we’re open,” McCollum said.
There were nearly 30 people at the new location helping with the move on Thursday morning including representatives from the American Legion in Adel and the Adel Lions Club.
Jerry Bond of the American Legion said that he and his wife had been involved with the Adel Food Pantry through their church, so when they said they needed help moving to the new location, Bond asked for the help of his organization.
“Since I kind of have a captive audience in the American Legion, I hit our guys up at the last meeting and said ‘we’re going to move, we’d like lots of help’” Bond said. “We had 15 guys that signed up to help.”
On Thursday, members of both organizations could be found putting together the shelves they had pulled apart to get moved to the new location and bringing boxes of food into the School Administration Building.
The Food Pantry was recently able to purchase a commercial double-wide refrigerator and that will soon be at the pantry for use. Rich Hughes, First Vice President of the Adel Lions Club, said that the purchase of the fridge was made possible by donations from the funeral of former Lions Club member, Cedric Glenn, who recently passed away.
“He (Glenn) has, in years past, he was very active in the Lions,” Hughes said.
McCollum said that they will be able to keep the food that is donated by Wal-Mart each week in the fridge to help it last longer throughout the week.
“A lot of times it’s lettuce or it’s other refrigerated items, and so then we have to find a place to put it on Monday night and get it back out on Tuesday,” McCollum said. “So if we have a commercial fridge, we’ll just be able to put it in there and leave it and people can shop right out of it.”
McCollum said that they’ve always had a “good backing of community support” and that it was good to see so many people helping out during the move on Thursday.
“This just brings it out in flesh,” McCollum said. “We know, by the donations people give us, whether it’s food or monetary, that they’re behind us, that they support us, but then when you see all these people just special to help us move… Praise God,” McCollum said. “That’s all I say.”
McCollum said that the new space will also help by allowing them to not have to walk as far for curb-side service and it will allow them to keep their donated food from Wal-Mart closer to the door.
The Adel Kum & Go provided coffee and pizza for the workers who were helping out with the move and students from Drake University helped design the new logo, which is on flyers and on the door from the outside.
The Adel Food Pantry has made a slight change to it’s hours of operation. They will now be open at the new location from noon until 2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of Mondays and Wednesdays.
Those who want more information about the food pantry or to make a donation can visit www.adelfoodpantry.com, call (515)423-0753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.