LOCAL LOOKOUT: Food pantry for military families and veterans relocates

1 month 2 days 2 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:48:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
By: Lauren Schwentker, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY- Mid-Missouri's food pantry for military families and veterans relocated after serving nearly 16 years at the Missouri National Guard Armory.

In February, the Mid-MO Military Family Pantry closed down due to the pandemic.

According to VFW manager Nicole Slusser, the Armory closed the pantry because it became a space where the state needed to clean personal protective equipment.

"I work at the VFW and saw the extra space, so I got ahold of the people who run the pantry and proposed the idea of the new space."
After Slusser talked with the Missouri VFW headquarters, they opened up a new space for the drive.  

"I like to come up with solutions, and I feel like I was blessed beyond belief, the least I can do is figure out ways to bless others," Slusser said.

The new pantry location will be open on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and is located at 3405 Knipp Drive in Jefferson City.

The food pantry is essential to many military families and veterans that need to utilize the service.  

"All I did was connect the dots, and the rest just fell into place. When it's meant to be, it'll happen, and this was meant to be," Slusser said.

The food pantry receives donations from local schools, Operation Bugle Boy, Boy Scouts and churches.

Donations include canned foods and toiletries. The pantry is in talks of getting a freezer to allow frozen food donations in the future.

According to the VFW, if you want to donate; you can drop goods off on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. or call ahead if you need to do a different time, and they will work with it.

You can visit Missouri VFW's website for more information on how to donate or questions about the food pantry.

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