They have the supplies, now they just need the funds to be able to keep their doors open.

Sharon Wommack with the Palmyra Food Pantry said they have gotten in needed supplies, including toilet paper, but are in desperate need of monetary donations to pay utility bills.

“It’s a blessing we received the supplies we did,” said Wommack. “But our utility bills have been high, and we are in need of donations to help pay that.”

Anyone wishing to make cash donations may do so by sending a check made out to Palmyra Food Pantry and mailing it to Exchange Bank, PO Box 231, Palmyra, Mo. 63461. 

Following daily reports from the government, which is encouraging food pantries to stay open, Wommack said the Palmyra Food Pantry is making some changes to try to keep their volunteers and the public safe.

The food pantry will now be open at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays for senior citizens, 55 years of age and older, and for those individual who are immune compromised only.

Regular customers will still be able to come in from 3 to 4 p.m. and Hannibal and other area customers from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

However, only 10 customers will be allowed in the building at a time, and therefore those wanting to utilize the food pantry must be patient.

“If it’s cold or rainy, people are just going to have to wait in their cars until it is their turn,” said Wommack. “I’m looking at possibly getting some numbers, so we can just hold up a sign with a number to say whose turn it is.

“They are just going to have to be patient with us, but they will get food.”

Wommack also noted if people come at their regularly scheduled times, they won’t have as a wait.

She also stressed if a person is sick to not come to the food pantry. However, if they are in need of food and supplies, they can call her cell phone number, 573-406-2528, and she will get them what they need if possible. 

Wommack also noted the volunteers are disinfecting and sanitizing carts and other areas after every customer.

Numbers have increased for those using the food pantry recently, Wommack, said, noting they usually serve around 60 families, and last Tuesday, 91 families were present.