Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

November 16, 2012

Local food pantry a resource for living

CENTERVILLE — A relatively new food pantry and resource center in Wayne County is looking to build on its missions to help with food, physical and psychological needs for residents in need in southeast Iowa.

Resources For Living, 116 N. Fourth St., Seymour, in Wayne County, offers clients a food pantry, two computers to use for free Internet access for job searches, government assistance, resume writing, parenting classes, weekly NEST meetings, support and education, emotional support, thrift store, child abuse prevention, family activities, home visits and resources for everyday living.

"And all of our services are for free," said Tanecia Walker, who with Debra Eccleston, both full-time, non-paid volunteers at the center, run the day-to-day operations. "We have people coming in everyday."

Walker said most of their more than 400 clients, or 170 families who access their services, come for the food pantry. After that household items like blankets, dishes, sheets, beds, microwaves and air conditioners, if they have them, are sought after.

Walker said they have clients from all over southeast Iowa and northern Missouri but most come from Centerville. She said they try to make client's visits comfortable so they don't feel like they are dealing with a government agency.

RFL primarily goes to the Southern Iowa Food Bank in Ottumwa to stock the food pantry, Walker said. There is a charge for the food and delivery.

They do accept food donations from the public but do not want food that has been expired for more than 30 days. And Hy-Vee has offered them discounts on food.

Walker said there are no income guidelines but family size is a consideration when giving out food. Clients are allowed to get food from the pantry once a month.

Walker said for most clients that once a month is typically towards the end of the month.

"And before their food stamps kick in at the beginning of the next month," Walker said. "That's the hard times."

On Friday, Nov. 9 RFL food pantry had canned vegetables, pasta, breakfast cereal, canned soup, rice, macaroni and cheese, BBQ sauce, hot cocoa, snack bars, cookies and prepackaged meals.

The center does have one deep freezer and two refrigerators in case they come across food items that need to be kept cold.

Walker said the Seymour School District every year holds a food drive between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year they collected 800 pounds of food for RFL.

Walker said the non-profit RFL was started by her mother, Ruth Castor, in May 2009. Castor is the president of the board of directors and owns the building.

"We're a non-profit," Walker said. "If you come in and you need help we're here to help you."

In October and April RFL holds what they call "Share What You Wear." The clothing, household items, sheets, curtains, beds, toys and whatever drive is held at the Legion in Seymour.

"And people come and drop off things," Walker said. "We go through it to make sure it works, it's not stained, torn of the clothes and a lot of people come and they just take what they need."

RFL also offers clients emotional support.

"We have some clients that come in several times a week just to vent, to talk, to cry, to do whatever they need to get through things," Walker said. "And then we'll help them with food or whatever their physical needs are."

RFL is self-sustaining, Walker said. But they do have two major donors who help keep RFL and The Store Next Door open and operating. Walker wouldn't reveal the name of the donors but said one lives in the area and the other used to but has since moved.

The Store Next Door is literally what the name implies. The store is next door to RFL and is where they sell various items to supplement the center.

"We do offer good things at a low price and the money goes back into the center and it's all for a good cause," Walker said.

They stock the store with housewares, dishes, lamps, clocks, party supplies, pots, pans, tools, Christmas items, blankets and odds and ends received through donations and through other outlets.

"We also look at auctions," Walker said, as a way to stock The Store Next Door. "We go to garage sales a lot of times to try and find things. We never have the same things."

One thing they can't do is help with rent or utilities due to their limited resources.

RFL is dedicated to the memory of Teresa Staggs, who passed away earlier this year and who was instrumental in getting the center off the ground.

RFL is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday by appointment and closed on Sunday. Call RFL at (641) 898-2212.

The second floor above the RFL building according to Walker in the future will be converted into an emergency homeless shelter.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Earth Day activities at Morgan E. Cline City Park Kids will get to learn about guerrilla gardening with seed bombs and making recycled art during Earth Day activities at the Morgan E. Cline City Park in Centerville on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Appanoose Ecovision is sponsoring the free

    April 23, 2014

  • Drug take back set for Saturday, April 26 On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Appanoose County sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired

    April 23, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry April 23, 1922: Seven days after its installation, WDAX joined with The Centerville Journal for a broadcast concert featuring all-local artists. More than 1,000 people packed 12th Street from Maple to the Square. They watched Jack Porter operating h

    April 23, 2014

  • 042314 CCC Meeting Photo 2 Council moves to vacate land The Centerville City Council at City Hall Monday voted to move forward with the process to vacate a tree-filled ravine located between North Fifth Street and West Maple Street, or Highway 2 that was originally platted to be a continuation of West Jac

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blood drive seeks donors The next Centerville Community Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, May 6 from 12-6 p.m. at Grace Tabernacle Church, 914 N. Park St. in Centerville. Anyone interested in donating can schedule an appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or by call

    April 23, 2014

  • Monthly immunization clinic is on Tuesday The regular monthly immunization clinic will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only at the Appanoose County Public Health Office at 209 E. Jackson St. in Centerville. Childhood immunizations available include DTaP, Polio, MMR, Va

    April 23, 2014

  • Healthy Appanoose: Week 15 The 15th week of the Healthy Appanoose Challenges are printed below. The free program can be joined anytime throughout the year. Log in at the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at www.centerville-ia.com to record challenges completed.

    April 22, 2014

  • Waterworks to proceed with project The Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board of Trustees during their March 27 meeting approved a resolution that orders bids, approves plans, specifications and form of contract for the 2013 water system improvements project associated with the street

    April 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry April 22, 1910: This was the day when the Interurban service between Centerville and Mystic began with a special dedication run. On board were the 165 bond subscribers in Centerville and Mystic who had made the Interurban possible. Among the group we

    April 22, 2014

  • Moravia mayor signs proclamation Moravia's mayor signed a proclamation at the Tuesday, April 8 City Council regular meeting declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Mayor Irene Brooks talked about the many ways sexual assaults can affect people everywhere. The council made

    April 22, 2014

  • Audit exposes deficiencies The Centerville Municipal Waterworks had double-digit increases in both receipts and disbursements for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, according to an audit released recently by Des Moines-based CPA firm Faller, Kincheloe & Co. PLC. The aud

    April 22, 2014

  • Open burn ban lifted Pursuant to Iowa code and at the request of Mike Lamb, representing each fire department having all or part of their fire districts within Appanoose County, the open burning ban for Appanoose County was lifted effective Monday, April 21 at 4 p.m. Op

    April 22, 2014

  • Morgan Cline In Memory of Morgan E. Cline

    In Memory of Morgan E. Cline
    August 26, 1932 to April 20, 2014
    Morgan Cline passed away peacefully in his home in New Jersey Easter morning. He will be remembered as a great and gracious man and will be greatly missed. More information will be shared as it is received.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Open burn ban lifted

    Pursuant to Iowa code and at the request of  Mike Lamb, representing each fire department having all or part of their fire districts within Appanoose County, the open burning ban for Appanoose County will be lifted effective today at 4 p.m.

    April 21, 2014

  • 042114 Family 25 years as business owners Today marks the 25 year anniversary of husband and wife Jerry and Cathy Whisler, of Centerville, becoming self-employed. Jerry called it kind of a fluke as he and Cathy became owners of a business they knew nothing about. That was in April of 1989 an

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about rental permit fees. The Centerville City Council has conducted two working sessions and a third one is planned in order to get a feel for the public's appetite about raising rental permit fees from charging a landlord $25 every two years to charging a certain amount per rental unit per year. So, the question of the week is, "Are you in favor of Centerville increasing rental permit fees?"

A. I'm in favor.
B. I'm not in favor.
C. I'm not sure.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook