Food Pantry Team
Laurie & Bernard
1ST & 3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM
2ND & 4TH & 5TH THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM
We distribute a truck load of various products too
ROM Inc. has had a quality food distribution program since 1990. This program has been self-sustaining for approx. 25 years with Tithes, offerings and donations enable us to cover the costs and provide emergency food for hardship cases. Volunteers from every sector of the community and from many different religious groups and faiths have joined together to contribute to and distribute these quality food products.
Reaching Out Ministries saw the need for a food distribution program in 1998. They collected funds, surplus food items from individuals, manufacturing facilities, truckers, gardens, farmers, hunters, and a variety of organizations. Volunteers made arrangements to give this food to anyone that could use it. The church provided facilities and donations for the distribution of food products and the distribution was in place. It has continued since 1998.
Working with Hunger Task Force
Our relationship with Hunger Task Force has been excellent and we look forward to working with them in the future. We have updated the food room to comply with USDA requirements. Hunger works to eliminate hunger by harvesting community resources and being the voice of the hungry. All with the help from Executive Director: Shelly Fortner from Hunger Task Force.
The Food board responsible to run the program consists of Laurie & Bernard Holen, Samantha Grover, and James Buchholz.
We are all volunteers with different responsibilities. We solicit help and donations from people and organizations both private & public. The surplus food distribution program can enhance food budgets and provide emergency food for people that are destitute. In the past producers of various products including cranberries, carrots, turnips, apples, cherries, and berries donated items.
Local hunters have donated venison. Chickens, turkey, and various meat products have been donated by meat processors. Bread, baked goods and close dated food products that cannot be put into the normal grocery inventory cycle may also be donated. We recognize that dates are primarly distribution and inventory control.
We ask quality food processors, manufacturers, and merchants that from time to time have overruns, mislabeled cans or returns that usually go to the land fill. We ask these items to be donated to us and we will distribute them to someone who can benefit from them. Truckers at times have pallets of food they cannot deliver and need to unload. We ask them to “Please Call Us” 715-896-0604
WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE CAN MAKE NO GUARANTEES AS TO THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF SURPLUS PRODUCTS MADE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AND SOME FOOD PRODUCTS MAY SHOW SIGNS OF DETERIORATING. WE DISTRIBUTE THEM TO PEOPLE IN NEED TO USE THEM BASED ON THEIR JUDGEMENT AS TO VALUE AND PURPOSE.
Food availability is changing. Some of the items we have taken for granted will probably become scarce because of Covid, shipping, the war, economic embargo, and weather patterns. In our area we will probably not see the shortages that we may see in some of the metropolitan areas.
We tell people to take what they can use and pass on to other people food items that they will not use. Food quality is always a concern. With your participation we are looking forward to a good 2000’s and will keep looking for new options and new sources of quality food products.
Our targeted population has been the underemployed, SS recipients and fixed income families. They have been extremely complimentary of the program because they are generally not qualified for any other assistance.
Volunteers & Donations
We invited other organizations to help us for several hours on a Tuesday or Thursday. Tuesday’s we unload and stock the shelves and on Thursday we distribute. Donations, and extra quality groceries are acceptable. I can be contacted on my cell Allen Skroch at 715-896-0604 or leave a message at the ministry building 715-538-4775.