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Food boxes are available at MATURA Outreach Neighborhood Center Foodbank, 306 S. Garfield, in Mount Ayr, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
People can request a food box by calling 464-2401 and then pick it up at the front door of the Center.
People wishing to donate food to the foodbank can call the Center and there will be grocery cart waiting for them at the front door, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Persons wishing to donate clean non-food items may also leave them in the back of the donations shed at the side of the building.
Other services available at the Neighborhood Center include low-income home energy assistance, SIRHA Housing assistance, emergency food, clothing, shoes, toys and household items, crisis prevention and applications for Food Stamps (SNAP), medical assistance and other programs.
The Center has seen an increase in the number of families and individuals seeking food boxes and applying for other services. The numbers are expected to double due to recent lay offs from the corona virus. The Center is seeking a Crisis Relief and Recovery grant from South Central Iowa Community Foundation to be able to help more Ringgold County families with food, utility costs and rent assistance.
The Thrift Store is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, so the Center is not able to generate the usual dollars to help people and fund their programs. You can help by sending your donation to MATURA Ringgold Outreach/Neighborhood Center, 306 S. Garfield, Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854. or by calling director Joana Putvain at 464-2401 for more information.