Com­mu­nity Share Min­istries pro­vides open­ing day of food as­sis­tance

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Com­mu­nity Share Min­istries held their first ever food pantry ser­vice “There’s Hope for the Hun­gry” to kick off their big project to help pro­vide as­sis­tance to those in need in Polk County.

Ja­son Slaugh­ter, founder and head of CSM, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion had food on hand dur­ing the day event on May 7 for hun­dreds, and it will con­tinue to be that way once a month for the time be­ing on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month.

“There’s Hope for the Hun­gry” is a part­ner­ship be­tween Com­mu­nity Share Min­istries and the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the same name who brings in a trailer full of sup­plies to the North Main Street head­quar­ters and thrift store to dis­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity at large.

Vol­un­teers do the heavy lift­ing of pack­ing in­di­vid­ual bags and boxes for peo­ple to carry home. Though they do re­quire regis­tra­tion to re­ceive a num­ber in line to re­ceive a box, it usu­ally only takes a few min­utes of time to com­plete.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also held their in­au­gu­ral “Rockin’ 4 The Rock” con­cert fundraiser over the week­end on Satur­day evening as the pa­per was wrap­ping up for the week­end.

Hope for the Hun­gry will be back to Com­mu­nity Share Min­istries on June 4. Those who want more in­for­ma­tion about how to to help the food pantry can visit help­com­mu­ni­tyshare. com to find ad­di­tional con­tact in­for­ma­tion, and also to visit to learn more about ser­vices it pro­vides to the com­mu­nity.

Load­ing food that was given away to help up­ward of 600 peo­ple was made pos­si­ble through vol­un­teer ef­forts at Com­mu­nity Share Mni­istries on May 7.

Vol­un­teers at Com­mu­nity Share Min­istries reg­is­tered and spoke with lo­cal res­i­dents who sought out help from their cur­rently monthly food bank. They look to ex­pand as soon as pos­si­ble to help meet lo­cal needs.

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