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Top Shelf Volunteers

The Kinzie/Pugh family– Cort, Maia and Dnae– volunteer at the North Liberty Community Pantry. (submitted photo)

The Kinzie/Pugh family first heard about the North Liberty Community Pantry when they visited the North Liberty First United Methodist Church. They had recently relocated to Iowa and were looking for ways to get involved in their community and meet people. It seemed like a good opportunity for Dnae and her children.
Cort said he volunteers at the pantry because he can give back to the community, help people out and it is a nice break from everyday life. Maia started volunteering as a high school student, and she is now a senior in college. She feels that it gives teenagers a direct, valuable lesson to help others in the community. Dnae volunteers because she wants to meet people in her community, since she moved here from out of state.
Dnae said the pantry serves a vital need.
“These are your neighbors. Also, with the minimum wage being low, we serve a lot of families that are struggling to keep up,” Dnae said.
Maia wants the community to know that the pantry is here for anyone in need, and there are many different things volunteers can do.
“There are so many opportunities, like stocking the shelves and sacking groceries when the families come in to shop,” Maia added.
Cort noted the pantry does a lot more than provide food.
“We also give out children’s clothing and adult outwear. We provide families with connections and resources for them to seek,” Cort said. “Most importantly, we establish relationships with the families that we serve.”