Valley Park food pantry desperately needs help for Thanksgiving

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VALLEY PARK , MISSOURI ( KTVI)-  The Circle of Concern Food Pantry in Valley Park Missouri   is beginning their annual Thanksgiving preparations for families in need, but they say they may not be enough for hundreds of families  that depend on them for Thanksgiving meals.

With Thanksgiving just weeks away,  the shelves are empty and collecting dust. Without donations many families in need  could go without food during the holidays.
The Circle of Concern Food Pantry  is asking for help.  The pantry shelves are  almost bare as volunteers  prepare for the holiday season .   The pantry is so low on food that The Circle of Concern's Executive  Director is fearful and says  without donations some baskets may not be filled this holiday season.  "When I walk around the warehouse and look at the shelves, it make me worry that there won't be enough for Thanksgiving, said Chris Pallozola Executive Director.

The number of people and families who have come to the pantry  in Valley Park  seeking assistance  has increased over the years . Louise  Binzel is a client at Circle of Concern. The  single mom and a college student says  she seeking help for the first time in her life. Binzel says  many other  families across the country  will be waiting in pantry lines  in  the next few weeks  for the food they will serve on Thanksgiving day. "You know there's nothing worst than sitting there at the holiday and not having  anything on your table  and only the  mash potatoes you can come up with, so it's a huge help ," said Binzel.

Many boxes at  the pantry are empty and must be filled by Thanksgiving .

In 2013, the pantry  fed 27,382 individuals with 44,927 bags of groceries – enough to put a bag on every seat in Busch Stadium, with a few thousand to spare.At Circle, feeding families is just the beginning, though.They  also offer financial support, scholarships, job mentoring, children’s programs and holiday events. For more information on how you can make a donation  click on the link below.


Circle Of Concern

112 St. Louis Avenue

P.O. Box 444

Valley Park, MO 63088


636.861.2296 (fax



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