The Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry Board of Directors has named Jessica Hanson as the new Director.
Hanson lives not far from Bloomer, just north of Sand Creek with her husband and seven children.
The previous work experience she brings to the Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry is a path of serving others. She was a Youth Mentor Director for several years. Most recently, for the past two years, she was a volunteer at the pop-up food pantry in Sand Creek that was run through Stepping Stones of Dunn County.
She said the pop-up pantry functions much like the Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry where food is brought in and set up for families to pick-up and when Covid-19 restrictions were put into place the pantry was open with drive-through service. However the location and set-up was only temporary on the days of operation at the Sand Creek location.
Hanson said that she is excited to get involved in the community and form a good working relationship with the volunteers, donors and clients of the Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry. She loves to serve others and hopes to make a difference for those in need in the Bloomer area.
She also noted that she believes the director position is not just a behind-the-scenes job. She wants to be working with the volunteers stocking the shelves and bagging the groceries as well as meeting the clients when they come to the pantry.
The Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry is located at 808 Jackson Street and is open Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.