GAYVILLE — CorTrust Bank in Gayville is selling baked goods in order to stock more items in the Gayville-Volin food pantry.
Six people from CorTrust Bank set up a bake sale earlier this month to raise money for the food pantry.
"We made about $100, which was pretty good for a little bake sale," said Lisa Tripp, a bank teller for CorTrust Bank.
The bake sale was so successful that another one will be held this Friday at CorTrust Bank.
Tripp said some of the items sold were Rice Krispy bars, lemon poppyseed bars, brownies, ginger snaps, puppy chow, peanut butter fudge, loaves of bread and root beer float cake.
"Usually two of us make stuff for it, and people bring in the rest voluntarily," Tripp said.
The bake sale will also take food donations for the food pantry with non-perishable food items, monetary donations, health and beauty products, and diapers.
Barbara Egbert, who runs the Gayville-Volin food pantry, is thankful for the bank's efforts.
"I appreciate everything the bank is doing to help the food pantry," she said. "They have been getting donations, and those girls did a lot of the baking."
The bake sale is among several fundraisers for the food pantry during the next month.
Egbert is hoping to put together a soup kitchen.
"I think we will be having another fundraiser in November, with funds to be matched by a financial company," she said. "We are looking into Election Day on having the soup kitchen, but I'm not sure it will work for legal purposes on that day, so it might happen the following weekend."
Another purpose for the benefits is to raise funds for Thanksgiving baskets that will be provided to those who are helped by Gayville-Volin's food pantry.
Since last December, the food pantry has served 183 people, and Egbert said it's a blessing the food pantry is there for those who need it.
"The economy has made it hard for a lot of people who didn't expect the need," she said. "Once we realized the need were there, there has been quite a bit of use. People are hesitant to come forward at first, but when you do learn about the need for it, it's a blessing to have it."
Soon, the food pantry will have its own space in the Volin Resource Room, which will have enough room for the freezer that was donated for the pantry.
"Now we can have frozen goods — meat and things — that we couldn't do before," Egbert said. "There is going to be a need for it, and it was just kind of an act of faith."
The food pantry has flourished under Egbert, who said she is still just doing everything by ear.
"I kind of felt like Noah when I started this. God told him to build the ark and he just said 'What?'" Egbert said with a chuckle. "Now we are looking to form a food pantry board that will help direct the policies and look into what we want to do going forward."
The food pantry is open the first and last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon, with the first Saturday at the Gayville Lutheran Church, and the last Saturday at the Volin Old Fire Hall. Also, it's open from 5-7 p.m. at the Volin Old Fire Hall on the second Tuesday each month, and from 5-7 p.m. at the Gayville Lutheran Church on the third Tuesday of each month.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the food pantry will be open on Nov. 23 at the Volin Old Fire Hall instead of Nov. 27.
Egbert said she wouldn't be able to keep the food pantry going without the help from the community.
"I want to thank everyone for their support, and it makes all the difference," she said.