Melanie Fierke, Director of the Lord's Cupboard, in Fort Dodge. The organization is a non-profit that is faith-based and volunteer-run.  They partner with the Iowa Food Bank and the USDA.  It started in 1974 in the basement in First United Methodist Church and has grown to an inter-faith effort to provide for area citizens that are food insecure.  In 2019, $250,000 was raised to remodel the 1st floor of their current operation offering handicap access to the pantry's services.  They recently became a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit.    
 
Upon entry to the Lord's Cupboard, there is rescue food...past expiration date items that people can just take as many times as they need.  Those needing a pantry will have to fill out a short form and will get a pre-packaged pantry (thanks to COVID-19).  A pantry for a family of 4 has an estimated value of $250/wk and should provide the family for a week. The food pantry will help someone as many as 10 times per year.   Last month, September, the Lord's Cupboard helped 151 households, helping 455 people.
 
The Lord's Cupboard also has local partners like the Master Gardeners Club as well as local farmers, who donate eggs, sweet corn and other local produce.  They purchase food from the Food Bank of Iowa at 16.1 cents/lb.  There is also a partnership with DNR, which allows deer hunters an extra deer tag so they can donate the venison to the Iowa Food Bank.
 
How can people help the Lord's Cupboard?  Make a monetary donation.  With their partnership with the Iowa Food Bank, the Lord's Cupboard can purchase items as a significantly lower price than what a consumer can purchase them for (consumer price = $22; Food Bank of Iowa price = $.58).  For more information contact Melanie at (515) 576-7586.