Lincoln Lutheran Peace Church opens pantry to help rural community

What was originally a kitchen has now turned into a pantry.

The Lincoln Lutheran Peace Church had a vision to start a pantry six years ago.

They finally opened up their pantry and call it Lincoln, ND Community Cupboard.

“We saw a need for food distribution for needy families in our community. It was really during the oil boom that we started planning our build edition and we had a lot of families living on the fringes or outside of a house, ”said the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the peace, Kevin Nelson.

Miranda Seim is the pantry coordinator.

She said rural areas like Lincoln have limited public transpiration towards larger cities that have more resources, which is why the closet is so needed.

“Lincoln doesn’t have a lot of these accessibility, so it’s something where a community member can reach out and have food within walking distance,” Seim said.

The church also accepts donations such as small amounts of produce and non-perishable items.

“Shelf-stable foods last the longest and are the most accessible,” Seim said.

The church’s final job with the pantry is providing families with the supplies needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

“I had 46 families contacted me and I was expecting 15,” Seim said.

The church plans to provide 300 Thanksgiving meals to families this week.

The pantry is open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday.

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