While there are multiple food pantries in Lincoln County, New Salem Baptist Church has found a niche and is filling a gap that others do not.
Several years ago the Winfield church located on Highway EE opened its product pantry, which distributes non-perishable items for personal hygiene and cleaning products. The pantry is the only outreach program in eastern Lincoln County that provides families with items such as paper towels, toilet paper and trash bags.
Most of the items the pantry distributes cannot be purchased with food stamps or any other government assistance. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to help others in a way that God has led us,” said Evelyn Head, product pantry director and chairperson.
The pantry, which assists over 600 families per year, has filled a void for low-income individuals and families and also when disaster or unforeseen situations arise in the community.
This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need as well. Since fundraisers have been canceled, the pantry organizers were thrilled to be awarded a $3,000 Operation Round Up grant in September to offset some of the group’s financial losses. Monetary donations can be mailed to the church at 1383 Highway EE, Winfield, MO 63389.
The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources.
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.
New Salem Baptist Church Product Pantry was recently awarded a $3,000
Operation Round Up grant. The women’s ministry is the only outreach program
in eastern Lincoln County to distribute non-perishable items for
personal hygiene and cleaning products.