Christian Love Pantry gets new director
by Elsie Hodnett
The Christian Love Pantry has a new director who has a passion for serving others.

“Mission and service work is very important to me,” said Linda Huckaby, who took over as director of the Christian Love Pantry in January.

The Christian Love Pantry is a nonprofit organization that provides nonperishable food items to people in need in St. Clair County.

Huckaby and her late husband Gene, who passed away last July, retired and moved to the Alpine area in 2001 and built a house on the lake.

“I retired from a marketing and public relations program at Huntsville Hospital,” she said. “I am also a previous conference and district treasurer for United Methodist Women, president of the local United Methodist Women group and am a member of First United Methodist Church in Pell City.”

Huckaby said former CLP director Mike Carr and current assistant director Cheryl Riley approached her about becoming the director and she accepted. She spends time working with the CLP and being with friends and family.

“This is my first involvement with the Christian Love Pantry,” she said. “Everything is doing great. I’m really impressed with all the volunteers and their dedication. They all work together well.”

Huckaby said since January, the CLP has expanded its storage capacity.

“We are about to get a computer system installed, which will help us be more efficient and bring the office up-to-date,” she said.

Huckaby said the number of people the CLP helps continues to grow.

“There is always a need for donations,” she said. “Local churches, schools and businesses hold food drives for us, which helps. It seems that the people of Pell City and St. Clair County always step up and fill our needs.”

Riley said on June 4, the CLP had a record high in serving clients.

“We provided food to 31 families, which equated to 100 people—all in three hours,” she said. “We are never happy to see that many people in need, but we are happy we had the volunteers and food to help.”

Riley said from time-to-time, the CLP has a nutritionist look at the food items the CLP gives out to make sure the foods are well-balanced.

“The last time she looked at our food list, she noticed that we needed more calcium and suggested a group source of calcium in pudding cups,” Riley said. “We have added that to our food list.”

The CLP food list includes: oatmeal, juice, beef stew, jelly, soup, rice, noodles, fruit, crackers, mixed vegetables, catsup, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, green beans, potatoes, apple sauce, corn meal, corn, flour, bread items, pudding cups, grits, tuna fish, tomatoes, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper, pork n beans, Vienna sausage, mayonnaise, pastries, carrots and Treet (meat similar to Spam).

The Christian Love Pantry is open from 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday located at 205 Edwin Holliday Place in Pell City.

For more information or to donate, call the Christian Love Pantry at 205-338-2358. Checks may be made payable to Christian Love Pantry and mailed to 205 Edwin Holliday Place, Pell City, AL 35125.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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