Lions scrap metal project benefits food pantry

Posted October 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

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PHOTO: Monticello Lions Club members Ivan Opperman (center) and Art Kromminga (right) present a check for $3,000 to Pastor Al Polito for the food pantry. The Lions Club raised the funds through the annual scrap metal drive. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

After a successful scrap metal drive earlier this year, The Monticello Lions Club was able to donate $3,000 towards the Monticello Food Pantry.

Lions Club President Ivan Opperman and Project Chairman Art Kromminga presented a check to Pastor Al Polito with the First Presbyterian Church.

Lions Club Scrap Metal for Food is an ongoing project year-round. If anyone has scrap metal of any kind, you can deliver it to the south yard of Kromminga Motors and put it in the Lions Club plastic tubs. If you need it picked up, contact any Lions Club member or call 319-480-2846.

Polito said in tough economic times, the food pantry is used more and more. Last year they spent $23,000 on food. This year, so far it’s taken $16,000 to keep shelves stocked.

“The numbers keep climbing,” said Polito.

Area chuches help staff the food pantry with volunteers during the week.

The Monticello Food Pantry is known as an emergency food pantry, explained Polito. If there is a need in the community, they help fill it.

“We run solely on donations,” he said.

Another community event that helps stock the shelves of the food pantry is Scouting for Food. Local Boy Scouts hit the streets and collect items for the food pantry. Polito said this year they took in 2,300 pieces, including canned goods, boxed food and personal hygiene items.