A good deed in the Mustang community is available through the Mustang Kiwanis Club every Saturday morning.
The club runs the Mustang food pantry, where families within the Mustang School District can come and get food if needed.
Susan Dobbins, a Kiwanis club member who helps run the pantry, said the pantry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday. That directly follows the Kiwanis Club meetings happening in the room next door to the pantry.
Dobbins, and the other 27 members of the Kiwanis Club, take turns running the food pantry each weekend. They club usually has two people stay behind after their early meeting to run the pantry for families who are coming to get food.
“We provide two boxes of nonperishable food,” Dobbins said. “Tuna, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, pancake mix, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, ramen. It’s good sized boxes of nonperishable items.”
Dobbins also said the box includes rice and beans among the other items.
These boxes are large and should be able to feed a family of four for a couple of weeks. The food pantry does ask for people to provide a utility bill so they can verify the family lives in the Mustang School District.
“It’s not needs based,” Dobbins said. “Even if it would just help their budget, they’re welcome to come out.”
In the summertime, the pantry supplements its members by giving them a coupon that they can take to the Wildhorse Gardens Table at the Farmers Market. That allows for those who use the food pantry to get fresh produce when the farmers market is open.
Dobbins said the Kiwanis Club keeps a tally for the number of people who are served in the pantry. She said the early parts of the month usually see higher numbers of families using the pantry.
She estimated three to four families a week use the pantry currently. Dobbins said they have the capacity for more.
“We get our food through donations, and our primary method of donation is through food drives in the Mustang Public Schools typically in the fall,” Dobbins said. “…So, each of the schools in Mustang has a food drive and we come and collect the food for the food pantry.”
The food pantry then helps distribute the food when open on Saturday mornings.
“We had just an unbelievable response this fall to the school food drive,” Dobbins said. “So, we have actually donated food to the Manna Pantry and to the Regional Food Bank and a couple other locations just to make sure the food gets out to the people who need it.”
The Kiwanis Club meets at 470 West State Highway 152. The Food Pantry is located in the same building.