Dr. Sona Kamat, front row and Deborah Schuehler, third from the left, members of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of St. Louis, a nonprofit Hindu organization deliver food to the Peace Pantry. They are joined by members of the National Guard and Peace Pantry Director Linda Schroeder.
PEACE PANTRY IN NEED OF DONATIONS
The Peace Pantry is in severe need of food this fall. Covid has canceled the Boy Scout Food Drive and the Postal Services Drive this year. The Peace Pantry, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of those in need, depends on that food to supply to provide food for the community.
Pictured above are members of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of St. Louis, a nonprofit Hindu organization, donating food items to the Peace Pantry. Because nonviolence is a basic Hindu tenet all items were organic and vegetarian. Dr. Sona Kamat, who leads the local organization, said, “Our organization’s goals are the same as the goals of the Peace Pantry. Supporting them is one way of furthering our goals in the community.”
Also pictured are National Guard members who have been assigned during Covid to the Peace Pantry to help unload trucks, stock shelves, mark items, etc. Linda Schroeder, director of the Peace Pantry, stated that the assistance of the Guard in maintaining the Pantry has been invaluable.
Non-perishable, non-expired food items, personal care items, clothing and school supplies can be donated to the Peace Pantry, located at 8100 S. Industrial Drive, Cedar Hill, Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. until 1 p.m. or by calling 636 285 0934. Monetary donations in the form of checks are not only tax deductible but will be reimbursed 50% by the state of Missouri. The Peace Pantry also has a thrift store which accepts donations of household items, except mattresses.
During this COVID pandemic the Peace Pantry is strictly adhering to Covid precautions: taking temperatures, requiring the use of hand-sanitizer, sanitizing the Pantry and limiting the number of persons in the store.