Plain City Food Pantry’s thrift store set for grand reopening Aug. 9

Last updated: August 07. 2014 5:29PM - 236 Views
By Deborah Evans Contributing writer



Jonathan Alder High School students volunteering to help prepare for the grand opening of the Plain City Food Pantry's Thrift Store are, from left, Jonathan Beachy, Courtney Miller, Brad Fink and Emily Miller. The store will open Saturday, Aug. 9 at its new location, 164 W. Main St., Plain City.
Jonathan Alder High School students volunteering to help prepare for the grand opening of the Plain City Food Pantry's Thrift Store are, from left, Jonathan Beachy, Courtney Miller, Brad Fink and Emily Miller. The store will open Saturday, Aug. 9 at its new location, 164 W. Main St., Plain City.
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The Plain City Food Pantry’s thrift store has a new look and location for its ministry.


The pantry’s move and renovation took place in July as part of the Gospel Road Project. About 20 teenage volunteers and supervisors assisted, and more than 200 participated in the program throughout the Plain City area.


The project was a part of the Catholic Church Summer Work Program, which is sponsored by the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Plain City as well as other Catholic churches in the Madison County area.


“We are partnering our resources with Saint Joseph Catholic Church and other area Catholic Churches to undertake this entire project,” said Ray Meister of the food pantry. “We just praise God for what He is doing for His cause to help the needy. This is a real blessing from God.”


The thrift store had been located at the back end of the food pantry. The 2,000-square-foot location now allows for a second walk-on cooler, a walk-in freezer and storage for other food, boxes and pre-packaged items.


The pantry’s board of directors recently have placed a bid to purchase the entire building complex from 156 W. Main St., through 168 W. Main St. The move would give workers 7,000 square feet.


The pantry is seeking donations to help with the $28,000 down payment on the property, Meister said. To assist, all churches participating in the Be The Church event have agreed to pool the day’s tidings and contribute the money toward the down payment.


The Plain City Food Pantry is a ministry servicing families and individuals in need of assistance with groceries, paper goods, baby food, toiletries, used clothes and other items.


The pantry also has a chaplain who is available on Saturday mornings to provide Christian counseling on an as-needed basis.


A subsidiary of the Fellowship of Praise Church Mission, a nonprofit organization that operates by volunteers, the pantry serves and assists more than 240 families per month, which averages about 160,000 meals annually.


The pantry is supported by contributions, offerings, and monetary gifts from churches, fellowships, business, institutions, clubs, and individuals.


The hours for picking up and dropping of are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.


For more information, contact Meister at (614) 214-6985 or rmeister@columbus.rr.com, or the pantry (614) 214-6985.


Deborah E. Evans is a writer and photographer covering the Plain City area for The Madison Press. She can be reached at deborahevans31@yahoo.com.


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