SEARS — Volunteers with the Sears Food Pantry have compiled first quarter figures for 2011 and are finding a continuing need for service activity to neighbors going through tough times throughout the community.

In the January through March period, some 81 families requested some form of assistance from the pantry, with over triple that number of individuals actually being served (244.)

While most of the families given assistance out of the Sears Pantry coming from Evart and the Sears area, there were other requests for help from Reed City, Lake, LeRoy and Hersey.

“We are truly blessed by the generosity of the churches, businesses and caring individuals in our community,” said pantry volunteer Gary Goodfellow. “They make it possible for us to serve those who find themselves in temporary need of assistance.”

Goodfellow also said that the pantry once again this year provided Easter food baskets to those in need.

“If anyone becomes aware of anyone in need of temporary assistance in the community, please let us know,” he added.

Pantry volunteers are always needed. Pantry meetings are held regularly and are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Sears United Methodist Church, off U.S. 10 and 50th Avenue in Sears.

If you have an interest in attending a meeting or getting involved as a volunteer with the Sears Food Pantry, please contact Goodfellow at 734-3347.