Businesses, organizations contribute to Food Pantry

Boone County area residents were very generous in donations to the Boone County Food Pantry through the holiday season.

Contributions were received from area schools, businesses and individuals during the past two months, said Nancee Krohn, one of the pantry managers.

Recent contributors included Junction 14-91 Restaurant in Albion, with 10 percent of its proceeds from Nov. 19, and Cedar Rapids State Bank, with collections of food and monetary donations during the Christmas season.

In 2009, the pantry served 115 families or individuals — an increase of 25 families from 2008. The highest volume of clients was in January, June and August, Krohn said. The food needs of all clients were met.

The pantry now has a small freezer, and it can accept contributions of frozen meat that has been USDA inspected.

The pantry is open Thursdays at 1104 West State Street (former USDA building) in Albion. For information, call Nancee Krohn or Sue Sydow.