Gahanna Residents In Need is preparing to move into its new home at 165 Granville St.

Brenda Johnston, executive director, said the capital campaign to pay for the move ends Friday, Sept. 15, but donations will be accepted after that date.

Contributions can be made by clicking on "donate now" on the main page at grin4gahanna.org.

As of Sept. 7, the communitywide, faith-based organization had raised $48,564 of its $80,000 goal.

"So we are over halfway there to our goal," Johnston said. "The capital campaign is actually for the move and all expenses to purchase coolers and freezers that are not donated, to purchase shelving needed, carts for the shoppers (clients), trucks and demolition."

Wesney Construction, Jess Howard and Custom Air, as well as plumbers, flooring specialists and others, have donated time to preparing the new space, Johnston said.

"We are truly grateful for Gahanna's support and steadfast commitment to the GRIN organization and we invite you to help us make this new facility a reality," said Scott McComb, of Heartland Bank.

McComb and his wife, Amy, are co-leaders of the campaign.

Johnston said the move is happening and cleanup of the new location took place Sept. 8.

The move from 760 Morrison Road is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 18, excluding what's needed for the Sept. 20 pantry program.

Remaining pantry items will be cleaned out from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

"We will continue our pantries throughout September in the 760 Morrison Road location, then October will begin our pantries in our new location," Johnston said.

In the new location, clients will be able to shop for food themselves in a new shop-through experience that will be an appointment-only schedule, she said.

Johnston said each client will be asked to come to the pantry on specific dates that they choose, following the same pantry schedule as before: from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday and 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturday.

In order to accommodate the move, the pantry will be closed Sept. 27.

The grand reopening, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at 165 Granville St.

GRIN provides thousands of meals annually to residents living within the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools district.

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