The Plain City Food Pantry is in need of donations from the community.
“In order to continue our operation to serve, support and help our citizens who are in need, we need the support, the contributions and offerings, from our community at all levels,” says Ray Meister, President and CEO of the the local pantry.
“We are always in need of volunteers in just about every area of our ministry. Volunteers can be of all ages. We all work together as a team. We are a faith based ministry. Your assistance in generating an interest to those who would like to spend a few hours of their time each month to help those that need assistance is deeply appreciated,” he said.
The Plain City Food Pantry, located at 156 W. Main St., Plain City, is a non-denominational, nonprofit, tax-exempt, ministry of helps to assist those in need that are located in the Plain City, Madison and Union County areas.
The pantry houses 18 freezers which hold anything from meat to vegetables which will then be packaged by volunteers for those who need assistance.
The Pantry also features a thrift store for clients. The used clothing comes from:
• Left overs from yard and garage sales and auctions
• Death in a family
• Department store close-outs and discards
“Clients also receive clothes which are their special items they get along with their prepackaged food boxes,” Meister said.
Approximately 1,200 to 1,700 total clients have received help and assistance per month, and the average per week for families is between 90 to 120 and for a single person is anywhere from 200 to 400.
For the month of August, the Plain City Food Pantry:
• Served over 500 families
• Served over 1,500 clients
• Served over 31,400 meals
• Gave out over 3,000 pounds of assorted used clothing, shoes, undergarments, etc.
• Gave out over 1,600 baby diapers, wipes, etc.
• Gave out many baby food items, etc.
• Gave out many toiletries, paper products, School supplies, tableware, etc.
“It is interesting to note that about 27 percent of our clients that come to the Plain City Food Pantry for help and assistance are senior citizens, that is, over the age of 60,” Meister said.
These are the folks who are:
• Retired and live off of a meager social security
• Retired and live off of a meager pension, if they have any
• Unable to get out and help themselves
• Sick and are unable to work to earn a reasonable income to support themselves
• Grandparents attempting to support their grandchildren and in some cases their great-grandchildren
• Single mothers and/or fathers attempting to support their family and keep their family together
For more information on how you can help, call the Plain City Food Pantry at 614-733-0909.