Home Donors, Volunteers Organizations COVID can't stop the Decorah Community Food Pantry – decorahnews.com

COVID can't stop the Decorah Community Food Pantry – decorahnews.com

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Posted: Sun, Jan 24, 2021 6:49 PM

Volunteer Deb Tekippe restocks the shelves. (Photos by decorahnews.com’s Paul Scott)

One of the many organizations affected by COVID-19 is the Decorah Community Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is a faith-based, non-profit charity organization which has served hundreds of thousands of clients since its inception in 1996. The organization is run almost entirely by volunteers and depends on the generosity of individual and corporate donors, community organizations, and grants to provide food and basic essentials for people in need.

In order to keep the Food Pantry open and its customers and volunteers safe, the organization implemented some major changes due to COVID. Decorah Food Pantry board president Georgie Klevar says one of the most significant changes was a shift from in-person shopping to an online ordering system. “We are especially grateful for the extensive work of volunteer Sherman Watts, who catalogued the Food Pantry’s online inventory and set up the online ordering system,” shares Klevar.

In order to fill the orders, volunteers use iPads that have been generously donated by volunteers and purchased using special COVID funds from the Winneshiek County Community Foundation. In addition to ordering online, clients can also call the Food Pantry to place an order, or pick-up pre-selected bags that have been filled by volunteers. Theses changes have allowed the Decorah Food Pantry to remain open and continue to serve its growing number of clients. “We are thankful for the generosity of the community,” shares Klevar.

For more information about the Decorah Community Food Pantry, visit https://www.decorahpantry.org/

Volunteer Peggy Ross is in charge of baked goods at the food pantry.

Volunteer Nancy Gilson fills a shopping bag.

Volunteer Kathy Smith fulfills a food order.

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