The Tarkio, Westboro, Fairfax Food Pantry is a volunteer organization dedicated to residents in need in those three communities and the surrounding rural areas. The food pantry is governed by a board comprised of the churches in each of the communities. Each church provides at least two individuals to serve on the board. The pastors are also included on the board. Board meetings are held bi-monthly to discuss matters that come before the board.
The food that is dispersed is obtained through donations, both food and cash, as well as items from Second Harvest in St. Joseph, Missouri. The pantry has two volunteer buyers who are responsible for the purchasing of food, stocking of the shelves and the necessary paperwork.
Clients wishing to use the food pantry fill out certification paperwork that is provided by the office of Community Services, Inc. The paperwork is easy and once completed, clients are welcome to visit the food pantry once each month.
Volunteers from each of the churches take turns opening the food pantry. The food pantry is open the third and fourth Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. as well as the third Tuesday of each month in the evening from 7 to 8 p.m. Clients should make arrangements to come to the food pantry only during one of the regularly scheduled times and dates.
Although the food pantry can always use donations of food or cash, specific items that can always be used are soup, crackers, and cereal. The board is most appreciative of all donations as well as the efforts of the many volunteers that make this ministry possible.
For more information, any church may be contacted and questions will be directed to the correct individual. The food pantry is located at 415 Main Street, Tarkio.