The Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel hopes to reach more working families that are in need assistance through extending the pantry’s hours on Monday evenings.
“We feel that there are people who work but still can’t make ends meet. We’ve always had it so they can call for an appointment. But we thought we’d start being open in the evening, and that would give them the opportunity to come after work,” GSFP Operating Manager Celia McCollum said.
Starting Nov. 4, The Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel will test a new pilot program by extending its hours on Monday evenings from 5-7 p.m. The new hours are in addition to the current pantry hours, Mondays and Tuesdays from 12-2 p.m., or by appointment.
Pastor Matthew Krause of Faith Lutheran Church in Adel added that the extended hours will also help volunteers, including members of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool, who have served the pantry for many years.
“These new hours will open up the possibility for families and others who can’t serve during the day to serve in the evening. Overall this will impact the community greatly both in the area of need and service,” Krause said.
The food pantry first opened its doors over three decades ago after community members saw a need for its services. The pantry originally operated out of the Adel Methodist Church for many years but has since relocated to the old Adel Middle School Lunchroom for more space.
“We were at the church and we just didn’t have space enough to keep food on hand, except what we could use right that day. Then, we started getting ‘rescue food’ and we just outgrew it,” McCollum said.
The GSFP currently serves on average around 100 households per month from both the Adel-De Soto-Minburn and Van Meter School Districts and provides a 7 to 10 day supply of food once a month at no cost. This includes non-perishable items along with “rescue food” such as fresh breads, pastries and more that have been donated by local supermarkets.
“The food pantry has impacted the community deeply with hundreds receiving much needed food, including food that is relatively fresh. The extra hours will help the people who cannot make day time hours receive the food that they need,” said Doug Pfeiffer, senior pastor of First Christian Church and recent past president of the Adel Rotary Club.
The food pantry is currently supported by numerous civic organizations, churches and individuals throughout both the Van Meter and the Adel-De Soto-Minburn communities. Together, these community members help stock and staff the food pantry each month, assisting with back-stock, rescue food, intake and helping clients shop throughout the pantry.
“The pantry is a welcome and necessary resource for our area residents. We wholeheartedly support the Good Samaritan Food Pantry. If the trial period for the extended hours shows we can help additional folks, that’s a great thing,” said Pam Bach of the De Soto United Methodist Church.
This year the GSFP is also working to put together Thanksgiving Baskets for local residents. In addition, the pantry hosts a backpack program each week for kids from both the ADM and Van Meter districts. This program currently serves around 150 children and provides 2 days worth of food.
“Our club is a proud perennial supporter of the food pantry’s services. Food insecurity is a big issue that our community must tackle head-on. The food pantry does that, and their willingness to extend their hours to better serve our community proves the servants’ hearts of those volunteers are beating strongly. We are proud to partner with them and urge all members of our community to give to them as well,” said Scott Hall, Adel Kiwanis Club director and immediate past president.
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is currently located at 215 North 11th St. Those interested in a list of current pantry needs, donation information, or volunteer information can visit the pantry’s website or call 515-478-3760.