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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Local Crosslines forms food pantry

  • A local distribution center is organizing a food pantry for those in need in Newton County.


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  • A local distribution center is organizing a food pantry for those in need in Newton County.
    Crosslines Distribution Center, 308 E. Spring St., Neosho, will open the Neosho Crosslines Food Pantry on Tuesday. It will have its own separate entrance and, for right now, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.
    “We are going to start with two days a week, then we might advance from that point,” Crosslines Distribution Center store manager and executive director Renee Gillett said. “People will be eligible once every 30 days to get assistance. There will be a simple one-page application that they fill out to get basic information. It is open to everyone that needs assistance. We will keep their information there on file and if anything changes, we will ask them each time.”
    The process began in January for the food pantry.
    “We felt like the community needed something right there, centralized. We are anxious to get it started,” Gillett said. “The need for food is immense in Newton County. We were constantly having people coming in asking for food, donations and it was something that we didn’t have. There is great need in all areas right now, food is definitely one of them. We want to do what we can to help that need.”
    They have received non-perishable food items, though they do have some freezer space, and also have received monetary donations for this cause.
    “Right now, we are 75-80 percent stocked and we are still making a push for donations,” she added. “We are taking monetary donations and non-perishable food donations of any kind can be dropped off at the distribution center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.”
    For more information, call Renee Gillett at 389-2925.
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