22 SOUTH TRINE STREET CANAL WINCHESTER, OHIO 43110
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PIZZA FOR FOOD AND FOOTBALL FOR FOOD!
The 2013 Football For Food campaign provided more than 8,000 items to help stock the shelves at the COMMUNITY Pantry. We are grateful to everyone that contributed and special thanks go to our sponsors:
CANAL BANKING CENTER
THE CITY OF CANAL WINCHESTER
DILEY RIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
JEFF WYLER CHEVROLET
~ We currently serve more than 1,300 clients
~ We distribute over 2,000 food items to an average of 65 families each week.
~ The Pantry is in desperate need of support during the summer when children are home from school.
~ The most donated items to the Pantry are green beans and corn.
~ The items we never have enough of are canned fruit, shampoo and toilet paper.
Community contributors and supporters of the came together for the “Blessing Of The Food” on January 11, 2012 shortly before the doors were opened to the public for the first time.
On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 more than 35 people representing Pantry volunteers, local churches, organizations and funders gathered for the “Blessing of the Food” before opening the doors to the public for the first time (see image below at bottom).
Renaming the Pantry to reflect COMMUNITY indicates our commitment to serve not only those living in the Canal Winchester School District but also those living in Lithopolis, Carroll and underserved rural areas of Fairfield County. For those in need, the Pantry operates on an appointment basis only by calling the COMMUNITY Food Pantry at 614-834-4700. Guidelines are available CLICK HERE. Appointments are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, except for the 2nd and 4th Wednesday when the Pantry is open from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Clients are allowed to use the Pantry twice each month and receive five days of food for each documented member of their household.
While the Pantry works in cooperation with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, financial contributions and donations of food and household items are always needed. Financial donations can be made to Canal Winchester Human Services, 22 South Trine Street, Canal Winchester. Food and household donations will continue to be collected at David’s United Church of Christ (80 West Columbus Street) and at the Community Center (22 South Trine). Donations are gratefully accepted at the Pantry Monday thru Friday from 9:30am until 3:30pm.
For more information or to discuss how you can help support the Pantry, please call the Pantry at 834-4700 or Human Services at 834-3888.
OUTREACH OF THE COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
Local Food Drives help fill the Pantry shelves.
Feeding Our Future Project – In the fall of 2012, we were privileged to have the opportunity to apply for two Golden Spark Awards to help establish the “FEEDING OUR FUTURE” Project. Feeding Our Future is a hunger initiative that is available to students of the Canal Winchester and Bloom Carroll School Districts who are income-eligible to participate in the free breakfast and/or lunch programs provided through their respective schools.
Each week, Feeding Our Future provides a bag filled with the equivalent of at least one meal per every day that the student is not able to receive the free meals from the schools (weekends and during academic breaks throughout the school year).
Through this collaboration with the WalMart Foundation, we are committed to continuing this Project at least through the 2015-2016 academic year. In order to participate, the student’s parent/guardian must register them. Information and registration forms are available (Click HERE).
Market Day Project - Since April, 2012, the COMMUNITY Food Pantry has offered “Market Day” each week as an outreach to low-income senior citizens. We are pleased to provide transportation each Wednesday bringing the seniors to the Pantry for fresh dairy and produce to help supplement their incomes.
Canal Winchester Football For Food Project: The 2013 Football For Food Campaign was held in September. Spectators and fans were asked to bring non-perishable items for donation to the Food Pantry. Since 2009, this community event also included “Pizza for Food”. This year we received contributions from the entire School District including grades Kindergarten through senior high. All students were encouraged to participate and the winning class from each building received a pizza party for their efforts. The combined effort of Pizza for Food and Football for Food provided more than 8,000 food and household items, and over $2,000 in financial contributions. Thank you, Indians, for helping us feed our hungry!
Thanks to the Bryan Saunders Foundation and the generous staff and students at Canal Winchester Local Schools, Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets were provided to Food Pantry Clients