Community Food Network is a local, non-profit food pantry founded in 2010.

CFN is dedicated to helping individuals and families who reside within the North Platte R-I School District boundaries by providing non-perishable foods, toiletries, paper goods and pet food. These items are provided at no charge to those who present themselves as being in need of them. CFN is a faith-based ministry and requires very little financial or personal information to receive food. We believe that, by helping individuals save money on food, they are able to budget that saved money for other necessities, such as utilities, rent, etc.

Food distributions are held from 2-6 pm the third Thursday of each month at the Dearborn Community Center, 202 N. Commercial, at the intersection of Maple Leaf (Z Hwy.) & Commercial.

Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Dearborn Community Center.
The mailing address is PO Box 27, Dearborn, MO 64439.

Who can get help?

Anyone who has a need for supplemental non-perishable food items, toiletries and personal hygiene items can come to the food distributions.

What are the requirements for receiving help?

CFN collects the name of the person(s) who come in to receive food, their address and phone number. We also ask for the number of adults and children in the household, and the monthly household income. We ask about allergies, basic food preferences, and particular needs. All information is maintained in the strictest confidentiality, and all volunteers and board members must sign a written confidentiality agreement.
No one is turned away. We provide assistance in finding the appropriate agency to provide future assistance to anyone who is not within our normal service boundaries.
Because the inventory is based on donations, there may be a limited supply of some items. Not all non-perishable items available at grocery stores are available at the food pantry. Some items may be available one month, but not the next.

How can you help?

Donations of food and other non-perishable items, donations of money, volunteering at the distributions, and assistance in spreading the word about the program.
*Anyone interested in doing so may donate items or money.
*Anyone who is interested in volunteering to serve on the board is asked to attend a board meeting at 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for complete details. Volunteers for the monthly distributions are always welcome. Sign in at the registration table and tell them you would like to volunteer. You will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
*If you know someone who would be interested in providing support through donations, or if you know someone who has need of the services provided by CFN, please spread the word.

Other facts: 

*CFN is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization; donations are tax-deductible. Receipts are provided at the end of the year.
* Assistance is provided to more than 50 area families on a regular basis.
All donated items must be
*In original, unopened packaging
*Within the stamped expiration date.
Homemade items cannot be accepted.
The number of people being helped grows each month.

Several groups have pledged monthly donations.

The money in the treasury is used to cover basic administrative costs (postage stamps, etc.), to purchase staples that may be in short supply, and to provide additional Holiday Meal bundles at Thanksgiving and Christmas.