Belton’s pantry asks for help restocking shelves after burglars strike twice
BELTON, Mo. (KCTV) — A food pantry is about to open its doors to families in need, but is recovering from two recent burglaries that have strained their supplies.
Shay Jefferson, the director of the Family Resource Center, took over the site from a former Casey’s when the convenience store moved up the hill to a new location.
Jefferson began converting the space into a pantry called “Bridge over Troubled Water”. She wanted the pantry to feel like a grocery store where families could enjoy a sense of choice and autonomy when selecting supplies.
“It’s not just a place to find food,” she said. “We take the shame out of it all. You pick up a cart like in a grocery store.
Jefferson said she was about to open the pantry when thieves broke into the store in late August. A few days later, they broke in again. Each time, they stole shelves of food and supplies, including diapers and children‘s clothes that Jefferson had collected to distribute to local families.
Jefferson said replacing food items would be difficult. Like many pantries, his is facing the challenges of supply chain issues and rising food prices.
“Even wholesale purchases have increased,” she said.
Jefferson said donations from the public have helped replenish some shelves. But she hasn’t picked up enough to move forward with opening the pantry yet.
She said the pantry needed canned goods and baby supplies in particular, especially diapers. She said donors should contact the Cass County Family Resource Center first.
“As long as we’re able to help people, that’s what matters to me,” Jefferson said.
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