The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 23, 2013

Crosslines cuts ribbon for its 1,200-square-foot pantry expansion

By Roger McKinney

JOPLIN, Mo. — Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a 1,200-square-foot expansion of its emergency food pantry, tripling the pantry space available.

Crosslines is at 131 S. High Ave.

The expansion included a 10-foot-by-12-foot walk-in refrigerator, allowing the pantry to keep fresh produce on hand longer.

Kathy Lewis, Crosslines executive director, said the added space was badly needed.

“We would get deliveries and not have any place to put the food,” Lewis said.

The $98,000 cost of the project was paid with donations from area churches and their members, businesses and a few grants, Lewis said.