Emergency Feeding Ministry pantry photo

The Emergency Feeding Ministry pantry is located at 1115 Idaho Street in Kamiah.

KAMIAH — Emergency Feeding Ministry (EFM), a Christ-based, community outreach, will open its doors beginning Monday, Aug. 16, operating from 9 a.m. to noon. The pantry, located at 1115 Idaho Street (next to Christ’s Church and behind the high school football field) is staffed by Christian volunteers who represent our upper Clearwater Valley churches.

EMF pantry’s normal business hours will be on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon. However, people experiencing an emergency and needing food during non-business hours can call 208-447-9309 or 208-935-2866 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Emergencies can occur at any time and can happen to anyone. EFM shared some recent examples:

• A mother was being physically abused and had to flee her home with her three small children in the middle of the night. They had only a few clothes, but needed food.

• An elderly couple had extremely high medical bills, some of which were not covered by Medicare. They had exhausted their savings and didn’t have enough money to meet their basic food needs.

• Awakened by a fire in the middle of the night, a woman had to flee her home with only the pajamas she wore. Everything was destroyed in the fire. She needed food, housing and clothing.

“The EMF is here to help these folks who need a helping hand up,” said program chairman George Norton. “We emphasize that we are not in competition with the other food assistance programs in our valley, but want to give hope to those who are struggling through a difficult situation.”

EMF is funded by donations; it is not a government-funded program. Contributions of funds or canned foods are always welcome. Make contributions to: EMF, P. O. Box 1172, Kamiah, ID 83536; or call 208-447-9309.