Canned Goods

Things are going better for one of Washington’s largest food pantries, Loving Hearts Outreach, but Director Sandy Crider said the pantry is “not out of the woods yet.”

At this time last week, Crider wasn’t sure if the pantry had enough food for one more day.

Crider said the pantry is making a little leeway, with enough food for about two days.

“That’s not generally how we run a food pantry,” she said. “We’re still struggling.”

The pantry relies both on donations and the ability to purchase food at 10 to 12 cents per pound from the St. Louis Food Bank.

Donations have been low and, like last week, the St. Louis Food Bank still doesn’t have a stock of food available for purchase.

U.S. Farm Bill commodities also have been significantly lower than usual.

Loving Hearts Outreach typically distributes 60,000 pounds of food per month.

“It’s hard to expect the community to come up with those numbers,” said Crider, adding residents have stepped up to the plate to help.

“God has touched hearts,” she said. “But if food donations don’t keep coming in, we won’t have food for the families.”

Crider said the pantry is running just day-to-day.

Loving Hearts needs all kinds of food, she said, but especially items that can be used to make a meal and food that can easily be heated and eaten.

The center is closed on Saturdays, but people can drop off donations at the thrift shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both the pantry and thrift shop are located at 1902 W. Main St.

Those who can’t drop off during those hours or who have large donations should call Crider to make arrangements at 636-390-8300 or email