Getting food and supplies

With the holidays fast approaching, area agencies will be limiting hours and services. The House of Compassion’s office and Supply Closet, located at 211 W. Church St., will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. People need to pick up supplies by the end of the day on Dec. 21. Its soup kitchen, which is open daily, except on Saturdays, will still be serving food on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Meals are served at 5 p.m.

The HoC will hold a meat giveaway on Dec. 15, open only to people registered to use its supply closet.

“We will be giving out pork, ham and turkey,” said Executive Director Karen Frohwein. “We are accepting meat donations from the public.”

Frohwein said the board is still working on re-opening the overnight emergency shelter.

“We are still talking about it,” she said.

Normal hours of operation for the Supply Closet and office are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4:15 p.m. For more information, the HoC may be reached at: 641-652-5999.

The Emergency Food Box, located in a house at 109 S. 3rd St., is open Monday-Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. It will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Free meat, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, cereal and more, are available, as well as food vouchers to purchase milk, eggs and bananas from other entities. People may go there for provisions on a monthly basis, with the amount of supplies given out based on household size. Clients must meet income requirements and get referred from local social welfare agencies. They also must be residents of Marshall County. The facility may be reached at: 641-753-0486.


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or