The De Soto, Kansas, Multi-Service Center food pantry, which feeds an average of 50 needy families a month, got aid from an unexpected source when its supplies were running low this summer. Jeremy Pryor created a “pancake feed” event for his project in the self-expression and leadership program to raise money for the needed food. The De Soto Explorer wrote a feature about the Pantry and the Pancake Feed recently, pieces of which appear below.
Pancake Feed to Help Replenish Multi-Service Center Food Pantry
July 10, 2008
by Elvyn Jones
There was plenty of room on the shelves at the De Soto Multi-Service Centerâ€™s food pantry Tuesday for more food.
De Soto Multi-Service Center director Jodi Hitchcock estimated the pantry, which serves an average of 50 families a month, had from a one- to two-week supply of food left.
And just as the shelves are getting lean, Hitchcock is expecting two drives to stock the shelves with enough food to take the pantry into September.The first is Johnson County governmentâ€™s annual Feed the Need, which collects money for distribution to the countyâ€™s food pantries.
The other drive was unexpected. De Soto resident Jeremy Pryor is organizing a pancake feed to raise money for the pantry.
Pryor said the pancake feed would be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the De Soto Senior Center, 32905 W. 84th Street. The cost of the meal, which will include pancakes by Chris Cakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee, will be $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger, he said.
â€œItâ€™s just something I wanted to do,â€ the 34-year-old truck driver said. â€œI remember doing a pancake feed when I was a Boy Scout.
â€œI talked to Jodi. I know they are needing food. Iâ€™m doing it as a contribution to the community so they can feed those who need fed.â€
Organizing the breakfast has been time consuming, Pryor said. But he said sponsors, especially Minerâ€™s Market, Mikeâ€™s Liquor and Mid America Roadworks, have stepped up to help with donations.
â€œA little help here and there, and Iâ€™m hoping to get it all wrapped up so the money we raise Saturday can go toward the fundraiser,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s not about me, itâ€™s about the community pitching to and all these sponsors.â€
Hitchcock is impressed with Pryorâ€™s effort, his modesty aside.
â€œHe just came out of the blue,â€ she said. â€œHeâ€™s put a lot of work into making this happen.â€
The community can reward Pryorâ€™s work by showing up for the breakfast and also dropping canned goods in the container that will be on site, Hitchcock said.
â€œWeâ€™re just hoping everybody in town shows up,â€ she said. â€œWho doesnâ€™t like pancakes?â€