Posted: Dec. 31, 2019 5:10 pm
HANNIBAL | Beginning in January 2020, significant changes will occur to the monthly Marion County commodities distribution at Douglass Community Services.
Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, clients will receive commodities by last names over the course of 10 days during the regular food pantry hours.
The schedule is listed below.
Wednesday, Jan. 8: Last names beginning with A-C — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Last names beginning with D-G — 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10: Last names beginning with H-L — 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13: Last names beginning with M-P — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Last names beginning with Q-T — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15: Last names beginning with U-Z — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16: All names — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17: All names — 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
“As more persons are taking advantages of the commodities benefits, we needed to expand the times our services are available,” Director of Community Outreach Initiatives Stacey Nicholas said.
Clients are requested to come only on their assigned days.
Clients can pick-up for other people (with their permission), but only two additional people. At least one of the people must have a last name on the pick-up day.
Senior food clients can pick-up senior food boxes and commodities at the same time, as long as there are boxes available.
During the time when commodities are being distributed the Emergency Food Pantry will be closed.
“We realize that new ways of doing old tasks can be confusing and challenging,” Nicholas said. “We hope that everyone will follow the guidelines and be patient.”
The new schedule also opens up additional volunteer opportunities for persons who wish to combat hunger.
“We will need persons to fill food boxes, help clients sign-in and help clients to their vehicles with the food, Nicholas said.
Potential volunteers can contact Douglass Community Services at 573-221-3892.