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Letters to the Editor

Thank you for the generous donations

From Ruby Stephens

Shannon City

I am reporting for the Food for Life mission program you generous donors have kept going here in Union County for 36 years.

You have helped more than 6,000 people; no, I am not exaggerating. That is just for 2016. You have helped the following food pantries: MATURA and O’Riley Center, both in Creston, Aspire in Afton and Lorimor Methodist Church. They have been able to provide healthy meat protein on a limited number to the meager diets.

The money you contribute helps pay for the meat processing costs and these costs get higher each year. Our treasurer, Bob Mohr, was getting really nervous in December because we had an animal donated and not much money in our checking account. Bless the generous people who sent three money donations and we had enough to pay the Corning Processing Plant. They have been so good to schedule dates so farmers can bring animals on the day the meat inspector is there. This insures that all who get meat are getting a safe food when they receive the meat donation.

I just delivered meat to three of the pantries last week when one Union County business bought an animal from a family member and donated this animal to Food for Life. The farmer hauled it to Corning on meat inspection day.

Seven animals were donated last year, and we even got one hog, which hasn’t happened for a few years. Iowa Select made a big donation of whole loin roasts.

God bless all who have made a donation and God bless all who have been blessed with these meat donations.

Thank you again!

If you have a donation or question, please contact Ruby Stephens at 641-340-1260 or 1770 250th St., Shannon City, IA 50861; Bob Mohr at 641-344-1007 or 140th St., Lenox, lA 50851; or Pastor Delores Dench 641-202-0314 or 1401 Monroe St., Cromwell, lA 50842.

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