Clarksville Food Pantry to benefit from grant

The Clarksville Food Pantry is among beneficiaries of a $25,000 grant for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.Through Feeding America, the grant by the Walmart Foundation will help increase distribution of fresh produce, according to information provided April 29 by email from Bryan Helleso, marketing manager for the food bank.

     “The grant allows us to use the money received, to redistribute to select agencies who apply to receive funding for coolers in their local pantries,” said Helleso. “This will allow us to distribute more produce to them with an increased ability, on the pantry’s side, to store it safely and for longer periods of time.”

     The Clarksville Food Pantry, formerly located in the Clarksville city hall basement, was destroyed when an arsonist burned down city hall in July 2017. The $1700 received through the Walmart Foundation grant will cover the purchase of two refrigerators and cooling blankets used in transporting food.

     “We get fresh produce for free … but didn’t have any place to put it,” Poland said. “This is absolutely wonderful. … It’s a blessing.”


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