Lewis County Food Pantry sees an increase in distribution numbers

Lewis County Food Pantry

The Lewis County Food Pantry in Canton Missouri is serving up a record number of those in need since the pantry changed its location a year ago.

Volunteers say Wednesday was another record breaking day.

"Really grateful, it really helps out,” said LaGrange resident Wayne Lewis Jr.

Hundreds of Lewis County Missouri families flooded through the front door of the Canton, Missouri facility. The food pantry is only open once a month and residents say this pantry plays a vital role in the community.

"Once they understand how simple it is, you just simply walk in the door the day of distribution. They'll ask you a few questions and have you sign a sheet at the desk and then you go around and get what you want,” said food pantry spokesperson Jerry Prather.

Lewis has been coming to the Lewis County Food Pantry for nearly five years.

"A lot of different items, you get sweets and meats and stuff like that. It really helps out a whole lot. It helps us get through the months and stuff like that,” said Lewis.

According to the most recent data from Feeding America, more than 13 percent of Lewis County residents are food insecure. This year, pantry volunteers are seeing increase in the number of families they're serving, hitting a new record in June.

"Right around 240 families and that relates from probably several hundred individuals," said Prather.

The food comes to the rural community on a semi from Columbia.

"We get our food from the Mid Missouri Food Bank of Columbia. They send a full semi-truck every month," said Prather.

"Wasn't expecting all of this, a little more today than I was expecting,” said Lewis.

The pantry is always accepting monetary donations.

The board is saving money to relocate or build a bigger distribution center for the future.

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