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Pop-up nutrition: Area series of mobile food pantries begins

The Community Table today hosts first pop-up organized by Feed My People Food Bank

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    Volunteer Krista Johnson serves a free meal to Peggy Olevson of Eau Claire on Thursday at The Community Table, 320 Putnam St. In conjunction with Feed My People Food Bank, The Community Table is hosting a pop-up pantry today for people in need featuring farmers market produce.View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com.

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    Volunteer Diane Johnson serves a meal Thursday at The Community Table.

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The Community Table’s usual bustle might be a bit different today as the nonprofit works with Feed My People Food Bank to host a pop-up pantry, the first in a summer series of pop-ups from the food bank.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at The Community Table, those struggling with food insecurity can feast on a chicken primavera meal made with farmers market vegetables. And when they’re done with that, they can go home with their arms full of groceries.

“(Feed My People) approached us with this idea, and it made a lot of sense for us,” said Michelle Koehn, executive director of The Community Table. “Typically at the end of the month, FoodShare starts to run low. We want to help families and individuals who could really use the food to get through the long weekend before FoodShare starts up again.”

Today’s pop-up is one part of a summer series Feed My People is hosting at various locations in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. After the pop-up at The Community Table, another is set for Wednesday at Northstar Middle School, as well as weekly pop-ups at L.E. Phillips Senior Center and Longfellow Elementary School, all in Eau Claire, and Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

Suzanne Becker, assistant director of the food bank, said the weekly pop-ups are in August because that’s when the harvest is most plentiful.

Visitors to the pantry pop-ups can expect to see that harvest in the form of apples, pears, corn, cabbage and other produce, Becker said, adding that offerings will vary week to week based on what’s in season. She said the food bank also got a donation of toilet paper and diapers, so those items will be available.

“I do want to make sure that folks know this is for people who are in need, those who are facing food insecurity,” Becker added. “We’re also hoping to be able to connect folks with other resources as appropriate.”

August weekly pop-ups

• 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Parkview Elementary School, 501 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls.

• 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St.

• 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Longfellow Elementary School, 500 Balcom St.

One-time pop-ups

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, The Community Table, 320 Putnam St.

• 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Northstar Middle School, 2711 Abbe Hill Drive.

All in Eau Claire unless noted otherwise.

Contact: 715-830-5828,lauren.french@ecpc.com,@LaurenKFrench on Twitter


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