German Village Gazette

Food Pantry seeks holiday volunteers


The Livingston United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers to help out at the December food pantry.

Those interested can show up at the church at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17; Thursday, Dec. 19; and Saturday, Dec. 21. Clients will be served from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The food pantry serves families who live downtown and in South Side and Near East Side neighborhoods.

Donnan said the pantry has seen a roughly 15-percent increase over recent months, mostly because of the reduction in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as SNAP.

For example, in September, the pantry served 108 families representing 217 individuals.

In November, the pantry served 126 families representing 234 people, said Jeanette Bosworth, volunteer coordinator at the food pantry.

People can drop off canned and packaged food, personal-hygiene products and paper products, at the church or at a shopping cart placed inside the entrance to the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Donnan said the food pantry welcomes all contributions but prefers cash because the church buys food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, where a single dollar has a buying power five times that of a single dollar at traditional grocery stores.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 19 edition of the ThisWeek German Village Gazette.