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Cold storage space is a limiting factor in the ability to address food insecurity in and around the community. The Food Pantry Council proposes to expand a new 10'X10' freezer to twice the capacity for freezer and refrigerated storage. The total cost for the project is $14,000, of which there is $1900 on hand.
Pastor Harley Wheeler, of the Food Pantry Council, says that currently about 700 households in the Minerva area seek help from a pantry each year, representing 1800 persons.
One quarter of clients are senior citizens, about one-half of the households served have children. To address this pressing need, we plan to keep reserve stocks of meat and other critical items for a healthy diet. This will provide stability in pantry menus across the community.
Community organizations, businesses and private individuals are urged to consider making a donation for this one-time capital project.
With the additional capacity, the pantry will be able to provide more nutritious food items to the pantry offerings, like meat, frozen vegetables and frozen meals, and will be better able to provide sufficient food during periods of peak need.
Make Donations to: Minerva Area Community Outreach at St. Paul's 515 East Line Street Minerva, Ohio 44657; Contact: Dave Porter, 330-894- 2919.