Nonperishable food items can be dropped off June 26 and July 10 as the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market is partnering with the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands Food Pantry to help residents in need.
Kristin Hampton-Harmon, market manager, said the local food pantry will set up in the Community Booth at the farmers market from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, and Thursday, July 10.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market sets up at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive.
People should bring canned foods and nonperishable food items to that booth to help fill the almost empty shelves at the pantry, said Janet Munjas, director of Reynoldsburg Helping Hands.
"Our numbers have increased greatly over the summer," Munjas said. "Kids are home from school and they need breakfast and lunch. Our shelves are pretty much empty now."
The most-needed items are cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, rice or noodle dishes, pancake mix and syrup, canned vegetables and canned fruits, she said. The pantry could also use personal grooming items such as soap and toothpaste.
"Our hope is that while community members are picking up their fresh market items, they will also donate a few items to help those in need," Hampton-Harmon said.
She said visitors to the farmers market will have a wide variety of vendors to choose from on both days and throughout the summer. Live entertainment by Ruvane will be featured from 4 to 6 p.m. June 26.
Ruvane is a local musician who combines elements of storytelling and rock music.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 28 in Huber Park, except for July 3, when it will be closed for Independence Day.
Hampton-Harmon said the market usually includes a food truck vendor each week so shoppers can pick up a snack or early dinner after they shop.
As for the market vendors, some are available week to week and others are added as various fruits and vegetables come into season, Hampton-Harmon said.
The list may include Serenity Sweets, offering gluten-free products; Great Harvest Bread Co., offering fresh-baked breads, pepperoni rolls and other baked goods; JP's Chip-N-Dip Salsa; Olde Village Meats; Parson's Family Farm; Persinger Farms; Roger's Honey; Wishwell Farms; Black-Thai Farm; Bought-A-Bean; Cherry Farm; Darby Creek Beef; Eristen Brothers Maple Products and Fruit Strength Farm.
Updates about the market can be found on its Facebook page and on the city's website, ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.
Hampton-Harmon said the Community Booth in the market is available for other community groups interested in promoting their organizations or providing information to residents.
More information is available by calling her at 614-322-6839 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.