Livingston United Methodist Church and the Tree of Life Community Church are working together to raise funds for a local food pantry.

Livingston United Methodist Church and the Tree of Life Community Church are working together to raise funds for a local food pantry.

Starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Livingston Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave., the two congregations will hold a benefit concert for Livingston's more than 25-year-old food pantry.

The goal of the event is to raise funds and collect food items for the pantry, which services people on the city's south side, in particular those in the 43205, 43206 and 43207 area codes.

"We are always looking for means of raising people's awareness of our ministry, and there is a tremendous need even more so now with the economy," said Rev. Jim Donnan, of the Livingston Church.

Organizers expect five musical acts to take part in the free event. Among the musicians who volunteered for the event are Arnett Howard, who plays the trumpet; John Carter, pastoral musician at Tree of Life; singer Lisa Imondi; Wayne Owens; and Tim Brizendine.

There will be a combined chorus from Livingston and Tree of Life.

Along with the concert, there will be tours of the pantry and an opportunity for volunteers to sign up.

"If they want to be a part of it, we'll give them an opportunity to do so," Donnan said.

Donnan said he hopes the concert is the start of an annual tradition to benefit the pantry.

The all-volunteer pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon three days a month - the last Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the last full week of the month. The pantry serves 200 to 275 people each month and gives a minimum of 18 meals to each person.

"When it comes to food pantries we are a modest size but we are very effective in how we deliver the food," Donnan said.

Ginny Clear has been the pantry's volunteer coordinator for three years.

"We picked up some clients due to the economy and our base of support has eroded in a way because a lot of people from the church who have contributed have been pinched also," Clear said. "So we have a need. There are certain foods that haven't been as available as in the past."

She said the pantry could use any items people are willing to donate; however, it is in particular need of packaged meals that would help meat products go further such as Hamburger Helper or Rice-A-Roni.

Still, Clear was quick to point out they won't turn anything away.

"We can use anything, cereals, meat products like tuna (and) canned chicken," she said.

She said the pantry also is in need of treats to handout.

"There is always a need for even a dessert type thing -- pies or cake mix -- because they have special occasions too," Clear said.