~ We currently serve 1,000 Choice Pantry clients and about 100 students through the FEEDING OUR FUTURE initiative
~ In FY16 we provided nearly 95,000 MEALS collectively to the Choice Pantry and Feeding Our Future clients
~ 139,440 pounds of food was distributed during FY17
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.
In order to participate, the student’s parent/guardian must register. Feeding Our Future 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 annual Football For Food Campaign is held each September. Spectators and fans are asked to bring non-perishable items for donation to the Food Pantry. Since 2009, this community event also includes “Pizza for Food”. Each year we receive contributions from the entire School District including grades Kindergarten through senior high. All students are encouraged to participate and the winning class from each building receives a pizza party for their efforts. The combined effort of Pizza for Food and Football for Food helps keep the Pantry shelves stocked until holiday contributions begin. Thank you, Indians, for helping us feed our hungry!
80 COVENANT WAY ~ CANAL WINCHESTER, OHIO 43110
614.834.3888 (Office and Fax) : 614.834.4700 (Scheduling for Senior Transportation and Food Pantry)
Thanks to the Bryan Saunders Foundation and the generous staff and students at Canal Winchester Local Schools, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are provided to Food Pantry clients
THANK YOU!!! 2017 – 2018 COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM SPONSORS
Canal Banking Center
City of Canal Winchester
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 each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 – 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, 80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 or click (HERE) to donate online. Food and household donations can be dropped off at the COMMUNITY Food Pantry (80 Covenant Way) at any time. A collection box is available at the back door, located underneath the Food Pantry sign. Donations can also be dropped at the Community Center (22 South Trine Street) or at most of the churches located in Canal Winchester and Lithopolis.
For more information or to discuss how you can help support the Pantry, please call the Pantry at 614-834-4700 or Human Services at 614-834-3888.
OUTREACH OF THE COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
Feeding Our Future Project – In the fall of 2012, we were privileged to have the opportunity to apply for two WalMart 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. The program will continue during the 2017-18 school year thanks to the Meijer SIMPLY GIVE program.
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).
Various groups, churches and civic organizations such as the BrockStrong Foundation, assemble bags of food each week to make sure students have something to eat over the weekend.
Students from Indian and Winchester Trail participate in a food parade during PIZZA for FOOD while staff from the City of Canal Winchester collect, sort and box their donations.
With help from volunteers and the High Student Council, donations from the annual Football for Food campaign help replenish pantry shelves each Fall.
BrockWalk: Since 2015, a 6th grade team has worked throughout the school year raising monies and doing wonderful work in support of Canal Winchester Human Services. The grand finale of their efforts happens the last week of school when they distribute more than 3,000 bags throughout the School District and ask residents to fill them with food donations. The students then pick up the donations and with the help of City workers, School District staff and countless volunteers, the donations are taken to the Food Pantry where they are sorted, counted and readied for distribution to Choice Pantry clients during the summer months.
Thanks to the students and all their volunteers, 15,492 food items were donated during the most recent BrockWalk.
MAJOR FOOD CONTRIBUTORS ARE NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We are grateful for ongoing donations that include food drives from local churches, scouting groups and 4H clubs, and community efforts such as “1 for the Cupboard” initiative.