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Mobile Food Pantry returns Saturday to DePue

River Bend Food Bank of Davenport, Iowa will bring a refrigerated truck filled with food Saturday for distribute on DePue’s lakefront.

All clients of Hall Township Food Pantry plus any and all families in need, regardless of where they reside, may come for food. No proof of income is required, but only one person per household may pick up food.

“There are several reasons that people tend to shy away from accepting help, the No. 1 being pride,” said Jan Martin, executive director of the food pantry. “Asking others for help and standing in line at the food pantry is not easy. Most people would rather go without, than ask for help.

Martin said DePue was chosen in part because transportation is an issue for many residents in Hall Township, and the food pantry serves not only Spring Valley and DePue but also Arlington, Bureau, Cherry, Dalzell, Hollowayville, Ladd and Seatonville.

Martin said 1,000 of the region’s 10,500 residents uses the food pantry, a rate of 1 in 10.5.

“COVID-19 has changed our distribution to curbside,” she said. “Persons attending the distribution are asked to have a clean, empty trunk. Volunteers will place boxes of pre-packaged groceries in each trunk. No one need get out of the vehicle, but a clerk will ask for a name and address to keep track for Feeding America. All drivers must be masked and will remain in the car.”

Distribution will begin promptly at 10 am. Food will be given out from 10 a.m.-noon. No appointment is necessary and food will be distributed on a first-come basis. Persons are asked to follow a route and watch for signs in DePue. Vehicles will turn south on Liberty Street, head west on First Street, where food will be distributed and exit north on Union Street. Watch for volunteers in orange vests.

A second mobile food pantry is planned for Sept. 26 at Hall Township Food Pantry, 500 N. Terry St., Spring Valley.

For more information, call the Pantry at 815-663-2085.

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