To the Editor:
Thanks for making the "No Hungry Neighbors" a community success!
The spirit of caring and sharing brought success to the local food drive conducted during December 2007 and January 2008, sponsored by the City of Alta and Alta Municipal Utilities. Through the generous contributions of the citizens of Alta, the City of Alta and Alta Municipal Utilities were able to present monetary donations to The Lord's Cupboard in Alta, the local community food pantry, in the amount of $1,570. Donations of cash and food resulted in the Christmas season drive to exceed the 2,000-pound goal in 13 days. A total of 2,939 pounds of food was collected!
The Lord's Cupboard, a charter member of the Iowa Food Network, is operated by the Alta United Methodist Church. It is serviced through the generosity of the churches in Alta, organizations, clubs and individuals in Buena Vista County through cash donations, groceries, dry goods, and toiletries. The Alta churches volunteer staff on a weekly basis.
The support and willingness of the Alta community to make a difference has kept the local food pantry in operation for over 29 years.
The demand for food assistance to needy families continues to increase. The Lord's Cupboard Steering Committee expresses a huge thank you to the entire community, the City of Alta and the Alta Municipal Utilities for the generosity of spirit and the kindness of caring people during the "No Hungry Neighbors" food drive.
"We could not do what we do without the fabulous help we receive from the community and surrounding area. What we all do together helps so many people in need in our community and we really do thank everyone for their great help this year," said Sue Geyer, local coordinator.
The Lord's Cupboard is open each week on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and is located on Main Street in Alta.
Pastor Terry Pollard and the UMC Congregation