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Eyota community comes together to celebrate new food pantry

EYOTA, Minn. (FOX47) — Members of the community came together and celebrated Eyota’s new food pantry that opened Wednesday.

The city’s first food pantry opened about few years ago when four Girl Scouts made it their service project. The food pantry has been at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church ever since.

It serves dozens of local families every month.

With the girls finishing high school and moving on, a new group of residents have taken over the food pantry operations.

It will have a new space called “Front and Center,” on corner of 1st Street and Center Avenue in Eyota.

The large steel building was stocked with food on Wednesday by a human chain of about 50 Dover-Eyota High School band students. They passed the food down the block from the church where the food was to the new location.

Through their efforts, what would have been an hours-long project took only about 20 minutes.

Reverend Laurie Boche is on the food pantry board, and she said this past year has taught them a lot about how important supporting your neighbor is.

“I think we’ve all learned over the past year and a half that community matters, that being with people matters, and it makes a difference,” Boche said. “We want to help people who need a helping hand. We also just want to come together so that we can talk and understand each other, and so if we get into a situation again, we’re better prepared to really be a community and just take care of everybody.”

The new space will also have a coffee shop and a thrift store for clothing and other items.

The food pantry is in need of volunteers, food and monetary donations. They will start collecting donations for the thrift store within the next few weeks.

The food pantry is open, and the coffee shop and thrift store are set to open by fall.

Last Friday, the pantry gave out 376 lbs of food to 20 people and nine households.

For more information on on the food pantry, visit its website.

Donations can be dropped off at Front and Center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. or Fridays 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. They can also be dropped off at the Eyota City Hall.

Megan Zemple

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