UDMO to end food pantry

To the editor:

Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to announce that after much careful thought and consideration effective Nov. 1 the Webster County UDMO Outreach office will no longer operate its small food pantry. The decision was based on several reasons, but the main reason was that there are currently four other food pantries in Webster County that are fulfilling the need in the community. The food pantries include the following: Lord’s Cupboard, Corpus Christi, Salvation Army and Proteus. UDMO feels that due to the number of food pantries in the area, we no longer feel it is in UDMO’s best financial interest to provide this service in Webster County.

Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and one of 19 community action agencies in Iowa. UDMO’s service area includes these 12 northwest and north central Iowa counties: Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright. The agency helps prepare children for lifelong learning, helps families become more self-sufficient, helps communities improve and expand housing opportunities and helps local governments by working in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to residents in need. Our central office is located at 101 Robins St. in Graettinger. Please feel free to contact our executive director, Jamey M. Whitney, at (712) 859-3885, ext. 125.

Mary Ohrtman

Fort Dodge