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Food pantry in Mapleton, IA, in danger of closing

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Pastor Harvey Hanson, who helped start the Food Pantry recently took $1,000 out of his own pocket to help pay the operating expenses, and to buy food for the pantry, which serves anyone in need.

MAPLETON, Iowa (KTIV) - A food pantry that sprang up in the wake of a devastating tornado, that tore through Mapleton, Iowa, is in danger of closing.

The Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Mapleton opened after the twister in 2011.

The pantry, which is inside Mapleton City Hall, is in dire need as funds are running out.

The Open Cupboard distributes food on the third Wednesday of each month to an estimated 100 families, feeding nearly 250 people.

And, that doesn't include the "Backpack" program at Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, which provides food for the weekend to 46 kids when they leave school on Fridays.

As the shelves are nearly empty, and funds for the year are running out, members of the Board of Directors fear they may have to close the doors. They worry about what may happen to some of the disabled and elderly residents if the food pantry can no longer deliver food.

"I am concerned about these people, because these people I have come to learn over the years personally, and I don't know what's going to happen to them. I am scared for them," said Kevin Richards, Open Cupboard Board of Directors.

Pastor Harvey Hanson, who helped start the Food Pantry continues to fight to keep the doors open. He recently took $1,000 out of his own pocket to help pay the operating expenses and to buy food for the pantry, which serves anyone in need.

Pastor Hanson says this is about helping the community.

"Well if you ever had someone walk up to you and say thank you, that's really all that you look at, just a thank you," said Pastor Hanson, President of the Open Cupboard.

The Board of Directors fears if they do not receive donations, that the December distribution will have to be their last one.

They will be able to apply for new grants next year, but those take time says Harvey.

If you would like to make a donation, it can be dropped off or mailed to First Security Bank in Mapleton marked for The Open Cupboard.

Brett Funke

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