Pike Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. (Rudy Sheptock, pastor), is the site of a community food pantry distribution this month, according to a story in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Sharing the bounty: Volunteers hand out hundreds of boxes of food monthly in Nanty Glo
Tucked away on a quiet street in Nanty Glo is a nondescript one-story warehouse full of the food on which hundreds of people in communities such as Belsano, Mundy’s Corner, Nanty Glo, Twin Rocks, Vinco, Blacklick Township, East Taylor Township, Vintondale and Jackson Township depend in part.
Dave Rager, director of the Interfaith Community Food Pantry, said in an interview at that Foster Street warehouse on Thursday that pantry volunteers pack that food into hundreds of boxes on one Wednesday each month and distribute them to people in need in the Jackson Township and Nanty Glo areas on the following Saturday.
“This month, we’ll be packing 204 boxes, and we had 12 left from last month, so we’ll have a total of 216 on the floor,” Rager said.
Each one of those boxes contains 22 nonperishable items, including staple items such as peanut butter, canned tuna, fruit, vegetables and saltine crackers, among others. Box recipients also will receive a meat item, milk, bread and eggs, as well as produce obtained by the food pantry through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Produce to People initiative, he said.
Since the Foster Street warehouse is so small, the pantry’s leaders can’t distribute from it directly. Instead, the boxes are taken to one of three Nanty Glo-area churches for distribution. This month, they will be distributed from Pike Grace Brethren Church in Mundy’s Corner on Sept. 28; the other two churches in the rotation are St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
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