Caring and shared pantry grateful for community support

Carol Razo of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding and Pantry volunteers of the Paulding Exempted Village Middle School Volleyball team displaying reusable shopping bags made from t-shirts by the women of the church.

At the time of Thanksgiving, the Caring & Sharing Food Pantry and its Board of Directors wish to express their gratitude for all the gifts from the community.

The Pantry’s mission is to end food insecurity in Paulding County. It does this by providing food and basic personal care items to the people who live here. But in reality, acts of kindness and neighbors helping neighbors are what fuels pantry operations.

“The number of customers we serve has grown over the past few months,” said Jodi Schneider, Executive Director of Caring & Sharing Food Pantry. “We will reach our monthly record number of households served by the end of November. And during this time of increased demand, we have witnessed a miraculous response from individuals and businesses in our community through divinely inspired donations of groceries and money. “

Over the past few months, the Pantry has received donations from a variety of sources, including:

• Scott St. John Memorial Cruise, $ 1,500

• St. Paul Lutheran Church Bible School Offerings

• eggs from various farmers

• Fresh produce from many local gardeners

• A freezer at the Payne St. Paul Food Pantry which has closed

• donations of turkey burgers and sliced ​​meat from Cooper Farms

• reusable shopping bags from the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding

• Give Back Block Party Bars, $ 1,221.50

• Pumpkin pies from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding

• Food donations from teachers in exempt village schools in Paulding, St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Paulding, First Christian Church in Paulding, Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Paulding, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. and others

• Donations in the barrel to the chef in Paulding

• American Legion Extension 297 at Payne, $ 500

• homemade treats from local bakers

• Many anonymous donors… individuals, families, groups, churches, businesses and more

If you would like to donate to the Pantry, you can send your financial donations by courier to PO Box 391, Paulding, OH 45879. You can deliver donated food and personal care items to the Pantry when they are are open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Or, you can coordinate donation deposits at other times by calling (419) 399-2158.

In addition to donations that help support regular pantry operations, the Caring & Sharing Food Pantry Board of Directors is raising funds for a new building at 318 N. Walnut Street in Paulding. To donate to the Caring & Sharing Food Pantry Building Fund, send checks to the care of the Paulding County Area Foundation at 101 E. Perry Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879.

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