Pickerington Times-Sun

Food pantry receives donations from city, township


Pickerington's PCMA Food Pantry recently received a $5,000 check from the city of Pickerington, another generous donation that pantry officials count on to keep the lights on and food distributed.

The donation will go a long way toward providing services for those in need, said Conor Neville, the pantry's director of development.

Neville was on hand at the Jan. 21 Pickerington City Council meeting to take delivery of the check.

"I would just like to take the time to thank Mayor (Lee Gray) and City Council for giving us this money.

"Each passing year we hope the numbers go down, but they continue to go up," said Neville.

He said donations such as the city's help the pantry extend services to residents in need "that much farther."

Additionally, Neville expressed his deep gratitude to the Violet Township Board of Trustees for its recent donation, also in the amount of $5,000.

Jan. 21, PCMA Food Pantry Director of Operations Gessica Peraza made a short presentation at the Pickerington Senior Center monthly luncheon, in which she commended all the people and organizations who helped work to produce both the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that were distributed to area families in need during the holiday season.

Peraza said 147 baskets serving 561 people were distributed for Thanksgiving and 148 baskets serving 564 people were distributed for Christmas.

Neville said the final numbers for the pantry's "Plaza of Lights" fundraiser proved outstanding as well.

"The Plaza of Lights brought over $44,000 in addition to food donations throughout the holiday season," Neville said.

"It was nearly 50 percent more than the previous year and will go a long way in helping us meet the needs of the community and also add complimentary services to help our clients in other aspects of their lives," Neville said.

"Our first additional service is tax preparation through the United Way of Fairfield County, which we'll be offering in February and March," he said.

According to the pantry's website, those interested in free tax preparation can call the pantry directly at 614-834-0079 to set up an appointment for the service.

Eligibility for free tax preparation does differ from regular pantry eligibility.

Clients must have an income of $52,000 or less, must not have filed for bankruptcy, and must not earn any income from rental properties.

The income requirement is not applicable for those over 60 years old or older.

For people who would like to donate to the pantry, items needed include:

Fruit, diced tomatoes, soups (no tomato or vegetable), personal hygiene products, canned meatless pasta and juice.

The Pickerington PCMA Food Pantry is located at 70 Cross Street, Suite B, Pickerington.

For more information, call 614-834-0079; or visit the pantry's website at pcmafoodpantry.com.