The Johnstown Northridge Food Pantry has been serving 65 to 70 area families a month and is currently in need of donated items.

The Johnstown Northridge Food Pantry has been serving 65 to 70 area families a month and is currently in need of donated items.

Director Ruth Krumm said several local Boy Scouts have assisted the pantry in recent months with large donations of food, but the items are leaving the shelves as fast as they come in.

"We could use some spaghetti sauce, potatoes and canned vegetables," she said. "The food pantry is getting low.

"Boys have been going after their Eagle Scout badge and brought in two pick-up trucks full," Krumm said. "We've had lots of donations but more people are coming in for help."

She noted the Johnstown Independent Baptist Church recently had a food drive that will help some.

In addition to putting food on the table for local families, Krumm said, there are three girls currently in need of baby clothes.

The independent food pantry has been serving families in the Johnstown and Northridge school districts for over 25 years, according to Krumm. It operates through generous ongoing donations from local churches, businesses, schools and residents.

Krumm said people donate money that's usually used for gift certificates to provide meat and perishables for families in need.

A fall food drive in the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge school districts usually keeps the pantry in stock.

The Johnstown Chapter 4324 Knights of Columbus sponsors the fall food drive that brought in 14,379 items last October.

The pantry annually provides Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need, as well as a Secret Santa program for Christmas. Coats for adults and children were also distributed this past winter by the pantry.

The pantry is located at the Johnstown Independent Baptist Church, 7397 Johnstown-Alexandria Road.

Krumm can be reached by calling 740-924-2835.