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Glen Muse of the Mustang Kiwanis Club’s food pantry, which collects food for families every week. (Staff photo by Jon Watje)
 

By Shawna Pistole
Contributing Writer

The Mustang Food Pantry is gearing up to deliver approximately 95 turkeys to low-income families in the community for a Thanksgiving meal.

Counselors from the Mustang schools identify children belonging to low-income families who can benefit from the generous Thanksgiving donation and they inform Glen Muse at the Mustang Food Pantry.

"That way we’re sure we’re delivering to families with kids," said Glen Muse, a member of the Mustang Kiwanis Club. "Kids are our primary target for the meal."

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, Key club, and the National Guard deliver the Thanksgiving baskets directly to the families at home and Muse describes the families as being very grateful.

"It’s a touching experience," said Muse.

Muse has been working with the food pantry since 1980 and says the need is continually increasing as Mustang grows.

The food pantry holds a pancake breakfast, two garage sales, and two carnivals throughout the year as fundraisers for grocery money.

They also receive non-perishable food donations from the local schools.

"We use our money to buy the food and we usually go to Aldi’s, they sell wholesale," said Muse. "We get dressing and cake mixes and bread; everything that makes the meal. It usually runs about $3,000."

The Mustang Food Pantry is located at 470 W 152 and is open to the community every Saturday.

"Last Saturday we had 14 families come and get food, said Muse. "We have an average of 50 families a month all year long."


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