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  • Wesley House restocked for rest of summer

  •   The semi truck full of food Wesley House received in May was expected to last through the summer....
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    The semi truck full of food Wesley House received in May was expected to last through the summer.

    "We got a semi of food right after Garden Party that we thought would take us through the summer, but demand has exceeded our estimates," said Ellie Foster, executive director of Wesley House.

    By late June, the pantry was out of cereal, canned pasta and other summer food program staples.

    A second truckload of food was ordered and arrived Tuesday morning.

    "What's coming today will help us get through what's left of the summer," Foster said.

    She and administrative assistant Casey Brown said the food was coming through the Kansas Food Bank, which is part of Feeding America.

    "We've partnered with them for several years," Foster said.

    Foster said through programs like Feeding America Wesley House is able to purchase food for pennies on the dollar.

    "We can stretch dollars in ways that people have no clue," Foster said, adding that cash contributions or funds raised are used for the food.

    Tuesday's truck brought 20 cases of stewed tomatoes with 24 cans per case, 50 cases of beef stew with 12 cans per case, 50 cases of spaghetti, 100 cases of spaghetti sauce, 100 cases of peas, 50 cases of Saltine crackers, as well as flats of cereal and other staples.

    The flats were unloaded into the large room at Wesley House, where they will be divided out into smaller bags by crews, including groups from The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and Frontenac United Methodist Church.

    Foster said the program, which is in its ninth year, fills a need beyond the breakfasts and lunch provided in the Pittsburg and Southeast school districts, including feeding children who cannot make it to the free hot meals or children in districts where free summer meals are not provided.

    Page 2 of 2 - “The children’s summer food program is a real benefit to the community,” Foster said. 

    “The year I came was our first year, so this is our ninth year,” she added. “We did about 1,500 sacks and thought we were swamped.”

    Foster said the program keeps growing as word spreads and need increases.

    Brown estimated the program serves 450-500 individuals and an anticipated 5,000 bags will be given away this summer. 

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