"We just received a $5,000 donation from the Mammoth Spring Country Music Association to help us remodel the building some and get it ready to be used as a food pantry," Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said.
She said other groups and organizations including the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Rotary Club, the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce, churches and many local individuals have donated money and food to the pantry. Pace said last year the students at Mammoth Spring School had a food drive and they donated a lot of food to the pantry.
The city purchased the trailer the food pantry is located in and it is handicapped accessible.
Some of the food given away at the pantry comes from a program through the United States Department of Agriculture called the Rice Depot. "We can purchase food for our pantry through this program at a very low cost," Pace said.
Jennifer Crowe is one of the food pantry volunteers.
Crowe said presently the pantry is open the third Monday of each month and the food is distributed from 5 to 7 p.m.
"During November and December, our day and hours will change to the third Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.," Crowe said. Anyone in the Mammoth Spring area that needs assistance is welcome at the food pantry as long as they meet the federal income guidelines.
According to the Emergency Food Assistance Program, one person cannot gross over $1,277 per month; a family of two, $1,712; a family of three $2,147, and so on.
Crowe said in August, the pantry served more families than it ever had. "We have been distributing food for nine months and last month we served 38 families.
"We are not here just for the less fortunate. The food pantry is here to help everyone. Sometimes, families fall on hard times and special circumstances due to job loss or illness. We want those people to know the pantry is willing and able to help them also," Crowe said.
For more information about the food pantry or to see if your family meets the income guidelines call Crowe at 625-3235.