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Catholic Charities’ Client-Choice Food Pantry nears opening

by Joe Gamm | January 12, 2022 | 4:00 a.m.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s “Client-Choice Food Pantry” will open soon.

The pantry is unique. It’s laid out like a grocery store, in which clients may select the items they wish.

The items they know they’ll use.

Very much like any shopping experience, folks who participate in the pantry will use a shopping cart and select items from shelves, bins or refrigerators.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is scheduled to make its first food delivery to the pantry within the next few days.

That will help the pantry get all its shelves fully stocked, said Lori Still, the nonprofit’s food programs coordinator.

The plan is to have a sort of soft opening over the next couple of weeks, focusing on nearby neighborhood residents, then possibly holding a formal opening later.

Most of what is in the pantry now came to the nonprofit through a one-for-one food drive the Food Bank did in December or a partnership against hunger drive in November, said Dan Lester, executive director of the local Catholic Charities.

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