Making life better in McDonald County
Each month, Crosslines of McDonald County provides food, clothing and household items to families that need a little extra help. As the only food pantry in the county, Crosslines serves between 1,000 and 1,300 people each month.
Ozarks Food Harvest partners with Crosslines to provide meals through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Senior Food program.
“We serve a large number of seniors raising grandkids that really need help as well as families. We are a very poor county,” said Angie Martin, program director at the agency.
Crosslines’ thrift store is open five days a week, and food assistance is available three days a week. The agency stays busy helping people get the things they need to make it through hard times.
“Once, I had a grandmother on social security who was hardly making it herself, and then she started raising her three grandkids. She needed everything – clothing, bedding, food and more. She cried when we helped her with such a big undertaking,” said Angie.
During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Angie and her team of volunteers continued to provide food to neighbors, even when the thrift store closed for a few weeks. People receiving food assistance now receive their box of food at the door instead of coming into the pantry.
“It’s working really well and has kept everyone safe during the pandemic,” she shared.
Although things are constantly changing as our communities continue to recover from the financial effects of COVID-19, Angie and her team are focused on filling every need in McDonald County.
We’re extremely grateful for Crosslines and the good work Angie and her team are doing in the Ozarks. To learn more about the pantry and thrift store, click here.