Ham arrives at food pantry

Monday, November 20, 2006
From left, Marita Higgins and Karen Simmons help unload a trailer load of hams at the Marshall Community Food Bank on Friday, Nov. 17. The Tyson ham plant in Concordia donated 3,300 pounds of ham for distribution to families in need in time for Thanksgiving.

The Marshall Community Food Pantry received a generous donation of more than 3,300 pounds of hams from the Tyson Foods plant in Concordia on Friday, Nov. 17. The donated hams will be distributed to needy families in the Marshall area.

"I want to thank Cindy Brandt and her crew at Tyson," Pantry Director Ron Duvall said.

Volunteers helped unload the hams from a trailer, stacking the hams into refrigerators and freezers in the pantry.

Duvall said that the hams would be given out to about 600 families in the area to have for thanksgiving dinner.

Tyson donated a load of hams in 2004 as well. Cindy Brandt, who is the product and purchasing Manager at Tyson, said that they also donated hams to a pantry in Sweet Springs.

"We just wanted to help out the community," Brandt said.

Duvall said that it was nice to receive the hams so that all of the families can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal. Duvall also said that the food goes quickly and the pantry is always looking for food donations, especially dry staples such as peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.

Anyone who may want to donate or help in any way can call Duvall at (660) 886-6561. Individuals can also bring donations to the pantry at 165 W. Morgan. The pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the last full week of every month, and from 5 to 6 p.m. every weekday evening.

Contact Zach Sims at

marshallbusiness@socket.net

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