Minden Rotary Club members celebrated the Christmas season by collecting bags of food to donate to the Minden Closet and Food Pantry, a subsidiary of Community Action. Lendy France, director of the Minden Food Pantry, attended the Rotary Club meeting on December 14, 2023 and said the food pantry is funded entirely by donations from the public. I explained to the club that the money comes from sales from thrift store The Closet. Local community/community.
France further explained that Minden’s Closet and Food Pantry not only assists with food needs, but also helps with rent and utility payments, school supplies, winter coats and clothing for children, and more. Each year, Closet and Pantry sponsors the Christmas Caring Tree, where community members provide Christmas gifts to families in need.
France added that many of the pantry’s patrons are seniors who are struggling to make ends meet with housing, utilities and medication costs. The pantry also sees a spike in requests for food during the summer, when children don’t have access to school meals. “We always need volunteers,” France added.
“The Rotary Club of Minden has been a proud supporter of the pantry’s good work for many years,” said club president Merce McCann Carpenter. “We are lucky to have a resource like this in our community.”
The Minden Rotary Club has been serving the Minden community since 1926. The club meets at noon on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Minden Opera House. For more information, visit mindenrotary.com.