Mobile food pantry continues to meet local needs

Posted September 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

By ROSE EDDY | Special to the County Line

Last month marked three years that Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile food pantry has been coming to the Norwalk Community Center.

Shirley Degenhardt of Norwalk is coordinator for the event and, with 15-20 other area residents, helps unload the truck, set up the food for distribution and, of course, distribute it to the people who come each month.

The mobile pantry comes the last Tuesday of each month, and distribution begins at 11 a.m., but a crowd begins to gather outside the building by 5 a.m., according to Degenhardt. She said the numbers have increased nearly threefold since August 2010, when there were just more than 100 families served.

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