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Lewis County Food Pantry serving many families in new location

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The food pantry is open on the first Wednesday of the month. The food pantry is open on the first Wednesday of the month.
Stroud said she was getting food for her friend that was going through chemo. Stroud said she was getting food for her friend that was going through chemo.
The pantry served around 200 families. The pantry served around 200 families.
The pantry is operated as a non-profit. The pantry is operated as a non-profit.
Stroud said it has a positive impact on the community. Stroud said it has a positive impact on the community.
CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -

Not long ago, it was in danger of shutting its doors, and now the Lewis County Food Pantry is seeing an increase in the number of people it serves. 

Iva Stroud spent part of her afternoon on Wednesday at the Lewis County Food Pantry, now located at 408 Clark St. in Canton. She was picking up items for her friend who is currently going through chemo.

"It's very important to her." Stroud said. "And it's people that can't get out. That gives her extra nourishment and things that she wouldn't be able to get out and get on her own."

Lewis County residents are able to go to the pantry for food on the first Wednesday of the month.

"They get a big grocery cart, and go around and pick out things from the table." Volunteer Jerry Prather said. "If they can use it they can take it."

The pantry almost had to shut it's doors when the church that originally ran it decided to stop offering it. Prather said community members stepped in to make sure it would go on at a new location.

"We luckily had a group of people who came along and decided to create a board, and create their own 501(c)(3) and work as a non profit." Prather said.

Residents like Stroud said the impact on the surrounding community has been a positive one.

"The community has really profited from this, and I'm glad that they have this kind of help for people that are struggling." Stroud said

If you are dealing with food insecurity, you can contact the NECAC office. You can go to the pantry, but you must be a Lewis County resident.

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