Liberty Community Food Pantry Celebrates Five Years – as we continue to provide food during this time of special need!
The Pantry has moved back indoors – no longer a drive-through. It is scheduled for the first Friday of each month.
We held our first food distribution in October of 2016. Five years later we celebrate and thank all of the volunteers, donors, organizations and pantry families that have made the Liberty Community Pantry a wonderful blessing for all of us. Second Harvest Food Bank has been our constant support system and provider of food product, grants and advice. During the pandemic we applied for three grants through Second Harvest to expand our ability to serve the Liberty Community and beyond.
We have received three Rubbermaid rolling carts that are used to transport food product in the setup process and during the food distributions each month. We received two Microsoft computers and were trained to use them so that we can register our pantry families online. On September 10 we received a new Midea refrigerator/freezer to add capacity to store meat and other foods for our distribution each month. The wonderful items were all provided through the Second Harvest grants. Additionally, many months during the pandemic our food product costs were covered by grants through Second Harvest. These were amazing and generous acts of kindness and support that remind us what a great blessing we have in our local community through the work of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Many individuals and organizations have also provided monetary donations and food donations over the years as well. Individuals and groups have created hand-made gifts and baked goods for our pantry families. These gifts have given us the opportunity to provide items to families that are not available at the food bank and to provide fun gifts and hospitality each month to our families that let them know they are loved and cared for by Church Hill United Methodist Church, the Liberty Local Schools, our friends from the Jewish Community Center and local temples and many support organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley.
God continues to call us to serve one another and to reach out in love. He has assured us that we are answering His call to feed hungry people and we see this every day as we are blessed by the outpouring of support.
As we return to our inside distribution process: We will continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing and keep our volunteer numbers smaller, but we will be able to invite more volunteers to come back and serve with us. The process has to be adjusted to keep the risk as low as possible for those that work at the pantry as well as the families coming for food.
Please keep our Liberty Community Pantry in your prayers that we may all be well and be able to reach out and feed hungry people. It is such a blessing in so many ways!
- Sharon Wathen, Coordinator
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED EACH MONTH to purchase food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Cash or checks payable to Church Hill UMC may be donated at any time through our offering, just mark “Community Pantry” on the description.
God has led us to this ministry, and what a great blessing it is for volunteers and participants! Thank you, thank you, and Praise the Lord!