Gahanna Residents In Need must fill several coordinator openings to continue programs, such as the Back to School Fair and Summer Lunch Program.

Brenda Johnston, the agency's executive director, said coordinator positions and the agenda for the coming year will be discussed at the nonprofit's annual meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Road, Gahanna. The community is invited.

"We have some major coordinator positions (for events) coming up and if we do not find coordinators, the events are not going to happen because it is just too much without help," she said. "I feel it's really important for people to see what we do and how they can help."

Beth Bentley, program director, said the Back to School Fair provides a critical service by providing backpacks, school supplies, socks and underwear, books, personal-hygiene items and haircuts to more than 340 students in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

"It provides a solid foundation for students to begin the new school year," she said. "A coordinator is needed for this critical undertaking to be able to provide the level of service that is in line with GRIN's high standards for the community."

A coordinator also is needed for the Christmas Toy Giveaway, an event launched in 2017.

Bentley said it was a huge success with more than 300 children receiving Christmas toys.

"Families were provided a shop-through experience where they were able to select toys, games and sports equipment, books and knitwear for their children," she said.

"A coordinator is needed for this event to become a permanent service provided by GRIN. Due to the increased demands on GRIN during the holidays, this event will only be continued if a coordinator is found," she said.

Volunteer coordinators also are needed for the Weekend Snack Packs to School program, summer gardens at Hannah Park and Royal Manor elementary schools, produce donations and the Thanksgiving Giveaway on Nov. 17.

Paid site coordinators are needed for the Summer Lunch Program that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays at Chapelfield and Goshen Lane elementary schools.

Bentley said the help, expertise and generosity of community volunteers is invaluable and truly appreciated.

"Please join us in providing a hand-up to our Gahanna Residents In Need," she said.

Opening speakers for the meeting will include Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland and Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Superintendent Steve Barrett.

"This meeting is to help us plan for the year, acquire coordinators from the community for certain events and volunteer positions that we need, and to provide information to the community about what we do every year," Johnston said.

GRIN provides thousands of meals annually to residents in need within the Gahanna-Jefferson school district.