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As demand increases, Pierce County food pantry expands

As demand increases, food pantry expands

By Bill Kirk

It's a little like Meals-on-Wheels, only without advance cooking.

The Pierce County Food Pantry will begin a new mobile food pantry presence in Bay City later this month. According to information from Coordinator Trygve Aarsheim, the mobile unit will visit Bay City Methodist Church the fourth Thursday of each month, starting Jan. 28.

"We began the mobile unit program last year in Elmwood and Plum City," Aarsheim said Wednesday, noting while the Elmwood visits continue the third Friday of each month at the local auditorium, the Plum City stops evolved into a permanent food pantry for that community.

He credited Jeff Gumbusky and Steve Smith, mobile pantry organizers, for using private vehicles to pick up goods at the county food pantry in Ellsworth, then transporting the items to the distant locations, spending all day on distribution.

"We could really use a vehicle of our own," the coordinator said, reminding anyone willing to donate one it would be a tax deduction.

Besides its usage for mobile trips to Elmwood and, now, Bay City, a vehicle under county pantry ownership would be valuable when Aarsheim goes to the distribution center in Hudson, he said. A vehicle with an enclosed back end would be preferable, he added.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 13.