The PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington will be celebrating a belated birthday of sorts Dec. 1 and it wants those in the Pickerington community to mark their calendars accordingly.

The Pantry opened its new digs at 70 W. Cross St. in November 2012 when it moved from the basement of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum at 15 E. Columbus St.

The larger space has enabled the pantry to better service the needs of the Pickerington community.

The purpose of the organization is to provide emergency food assistance to income-eligible clients who live within the boundaries of the Pickerington Local School District. According to PCMA Food Pantry officials, the nonprofit organization serves an average of 600 clients a month.

The five-year anniversary celebration in recognition of the new location is planned for from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. That event also will coincide with the PCMA Food Pantry's Annual "Festival of Lights" kickoff event, which is the pantry's largest yearly fundraiser, at the Olde Pickerington Village Holiday Gathering.

The Festival of Lights (formerly know as the Plaza of Lights), in which the pantry building is festooned with strands of lights that are synchronized to holiday music, is a physical representation of the generosity of the community, pantry officials said.

For every $5 donation to the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington, a light is added to the display at the Pantry. Donations of $125 or more will add a string of lights to the display.

Monetary donations to the PCMA Food Pantry are appreciated. Those seeking to give can do so by going to www.pcmafoodpantry.org or by mailing a check or money order to P.O. Box 914, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.

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