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March 5, 2014

Still time to SHARE Iowa

Local volunteers working with SHARE Iowa are spreading the word about the Oskaloosa-based organization’s newest monthly food menu.

Melinda Warnick, of Mystic, the SHARE Iowa coordinator for the Centerville area, said one of the biggest misconceptions about the food buying program is that it’s just for the low income.

“It’s just not a program for people on food stamps or welfare,” Warnick said. “It’s for anybody and everybody who wants to save money on their groceries. Anyone who eats can participate.”

Local SHARE Iowa volunteers include Warnick, Joyce Moore, Debbie Miller, Sharon Mattly, Tracy Byte and Lorraine Dickinson.

Contact any SHARE Iowa volunteer to place an order. All orders must be placed no later than Friday, March 14. Warnick can be reached at (641) 242-2153 or Moore at (641) 895-3164.

The food packages will be delivered to Centerville City Hall on Saturday, March 29 to be picked up starting at 8 a.m.

SHARE Iowa’s March menu includes various meats, seafood, produce, fruit and dessert items. The highest priced food package is $25.

The SHARE Iowa web site says participants can pay for the food packages with cash, check, EBT card or online at www.shareiowa.com with a debit or credit card. It says participants can save up to 50 percent off retail prices.

Warnick said SHARE Iowa has vendors they contact to purchase restaurant quality-style food, some of which you cannot find in grocery stores.

The March menu distributed by SHARE Iowa states it is a non-profit organization that buys high-quality food distributed through a volunteer, community-based system.

Warnick said the menu changes each month, depending on what’s available.

SHARE stands for Self Help And Resource Exchange and they have more than 130 sponsored sites across Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota.

SHARE Iowa’s mission statement is to bring “people together to build and strengthen community through volunteer service by providing access to good, nutritious food at affordable prices. We are committed to supporting local neighborhood host sites where all may participate, serve and lead with dignity.”

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