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Lord’s Cupboard to start food assistance program May 31

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | May 11, 2017
Photo by: submitted The Lord’s Cupboard’s new location is at the southeast corner of North Fourth Street and West Grimes Avenue.

In just a few weeks, the Lord’s Outreach Assisting Families summer food program at The Lord’s Cupboard will commence.

Families that may need a helping hand will be able to stock up weekly on nutritious food for youth during the summer months. Program dates are May 31 through Aug. 29.

“People can come in and get their regular bread and protein order meant to help feed the whole family, and they can get the LOAF program, too,” said Lord’s Cupboard director Laura Cohen, adding that with LOAF, which is intended to fill in the gap for children who receive free and reduced lunches during the school year, parents get a sack of kid friendly food easy to prepare themselves.

Additionally, children receive a Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store voucher of around $10 - $15 each week for specific purchases, such as milk, lunch meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

“It doesn’t seem like much,” Cohen said. “But parents make really good use of it. A couple of parents have told me that it’s the only way that their kids can get milk during the summer … it just helps to have a little more food in the house, which is something that parents are so grateful for.”

Cohen said she anticipates that the cupboard will hand out around 500 LOAF vouchers during the summer.

“When people donate to The Lord’s Cupboard, that’s the main thing they donate to,” she said of the vouchers, for which the cupboard repays Hy-Vee. “That is money paid for through the donations of individuals, companies and churches.”

Cohen said those wanting to make donations could do so either in person or on the website at www.lordscupboard.org.

“We estimate that this year’s program will cost about $5,500. We came out ahead last year by $1,000, so we’re looking to raise around $4,500 this year,” she said.

Cohen said in addition to Hy-Vee that other local grocers, such as Walmart and Everybody’s Whole Foods have been very generous with donations.

“The vouchers are specifically through Hy-Vee, and the cashiers and accounting folks take on extra work, which is really nice,” she said. “Walmart donates a lot of stuff, primarily meat, and nonperishable items, bread and produce. Hy-Vee donates bakery items and everyone donates eggs — that’s really fantastic! For the last six or seven months we have been really blessed with milk donations from Radiance Dairy.

“We have been very fortunate with several community gardens that have been donating over the last few years. Clients love fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Cohen said any Jefferson County resident who falls under the income guidelines that are posted on The Lord’s Cupboard’s Facebook site are welcome to drop by.

“They just need to bring a photo [identification] and proof of address, like a piece of mail,” she said.

The cupboard is at the corner of Fourth Street and Grimes Avenue where it has been for the past nine months.

“There’s plenty of room; it’s so nice to have a place that’s flexible depending on what we have donated,” she said.

For more information, go to www.lordscupboard.org or call 472-8457 between 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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