From shrinking budgets to increasing food and gas costs; we're all feeling the affects. A small rural community answers the call to help those in need.
The shelves may be filled with books now, but the Wilcox library will soon make way to a new food pantry. Churches and community members are in the process of making this a reality.
With the closest pantries being in Minden and Holdrege, organizers say this is the best way to help those closest to home.
"We want to help the community and fill a hole where there might be one, so if there's a need to be able to supply that it will be nice to have something here," said Wilcox resident Amber Springer. "We will serve the whole Kearney County but like I said it will be nice to service this little corner of the county."
"Just as you get to know people and meet kids at school and things like that," said Wilcox Community Church Pastor Craig Cedar. "You begin to see yeah, you know there are even in a little community like this there are ways we can help good people."
The food pantry's first fundraiser will be a 5k run slated for Saturday morning, March 2nd at 9am, with registration at 8:15am at the Wilcox fire hall.
Participants are urged to bring non perishable food and paper goods in lieu of an entry fee.
REPORTER'S NOTES: Organizers hope to have the food pantry up and running in a couple months. If you're interested in helping with the food pantry, you can contact Amber Springer at 308-830-9351 or any of Wilcox's three churches...Wilcox Methodist Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, or Wilcox Community Church.