The Community Food Pantry in Marshall will break ground on a new addition Thursday morning. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Chairman of the Board Ron Duvall:

Ron Duvall

This will help fulfill a need for additional space. The pantry feeds between 650 and 700 families each month. “We just need extra room because that way we can give our people more food, which they need,” said Duvall.

They will use the extra room for a walk-in cooler and freezer.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get another semi load or two out of Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia. And we’ll store it there, and we’ll have more food to give out,” said Duvall. “In our present building we have 30 deep freezes, and we just don’t have the room to operate. We get meat from Share the Harvest, which takes freezers. Plus we get frozen stuff out of Columbia, which we need to freeze.”

The total project costs about $51,000. The food pantry is being aided by local businesses and the Columbia food pantry. Ground breaking will be held at 10:00 Thursday morning at the food pantry, which is located in at 165 W. Morgan Street.