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Boone Co. Food Pantry serves vital need

Zion Lutheran Church volunteers packing grocery boxes for a client on a recent Thursday were (l. - r.) Bev Rieck, Connie Bentjen, Elsie Wheeler and Mary Levander.
Zion Lutheran Church volunteers packing grocery boxes for a client on a recent Thursday were (l. – r.) Bev Rieck, Connie Bentjen, Elsie Wheeler and Mary Levander.
It is an Albion store front that serves a vital need.
Yet, it has no paid employees, no profit, and sometimes the shelves of “merchandise” are nearly empty. It offers no competition to other businesses.
The Boone County Food Pantry has offered free assistance to those in need in this area for many years.
“We are an emergency food assistance program to those in need,” Nancee Krohn emphasized. “We are not in competition with local grocery stores.”
“We love, love, love our volunteers!,” said Krohn and Raelynn Bygland, co-chairpersons of the Boone County Area Food Pantry.
Those volunteers are fast, they are efficient, and they show up every Thursday afternoon to assist clients who are in need of emergency food supplies.
Both Bygland and Krohn are also volunteers. United Methodist Pastor Janet Burgel offers ministerial support.
See complete feature by Twylla Crosby in the March 1 Albion News print and e-editions.