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Fairfield-Based Food Pantry Offering Crisis Center Services for Domestic Violence Victims

Posted: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 6:20 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Victims of domestic abuse have an opportunity to receive support at an area food pantry.

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County in Fairfield now has Ottumwa Crisis Center outreach advocates onsite at the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Anyone who has been affected by an abusive relationship is welcome to stop by at those times to be assisted immediately and confidentially for free.

Sally Farrier with the Ottumwa Crisis Center, which serves 12 counties in southeast Iowa, approached Laura Cohen, executive director of The Lord’s Cupboard with the idea, which Cohen thought was a no-brainer, “I just think it’s the one stop shop idea they can come in they can get the help they need from Sally or one of the other advocates they can get on the road to getting out of that abusive situation.”

The Ottumwa Crisis Center also operates a 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-464-8340 where victims can have access to a certified victim counselor day or night. The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County serves as the county’s sole emergency food pantry and serves food insecure households in Jefferson County. For more information go to lordscupboard.org.