POINT PLEASANT — The Presbyterian Church on Main Street is in need for supplies to stock their emergency food pantry; a missions outreach to help families in need. The pantry, which is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. serves those with specific and dire needs, providing food when the need is strongest.
Pam Heib, secretary at the church and volunteer for the pantry said, “we try and help the needy and the community, especially those who need a little extra hand sometimes.” The pantry will only give out food to individuals every other month to make sure that those with the most need are met first. Persons seeking assistance from the pantry need to bring proof of residence and an ID or clerical reasons, and to make sure as many are helped as possible.
“We will help anyone south of Lakin and farther down the river” stated Heib. “We do this because Mason [the town] and New Haven have pantries as well.” Heib stressed the importance of serving those with greater needs first to do the most good for the community.
The pantry gives out bags of food that contain certain amounts and varieties of food depending on the size of family and special needs an individual may have.
The pantry is always in need of food and supplies, relying largely on donations. They primarily need non-perishable items, but will also take in hot dogs, bread, and fruit at times. These should be donated before Wednesday during the week to be donated. The pantry also purchases food items at time with money donated for that purpose.
The food pantry at the Presbyterian Church is set apart in several ways. “We don’t ask for income [from clients], we go by the honor system, and we’re funded by donations and generous people” said Heib. Schools, scout troops, and other organizations do food drives to benefit the pantry and the community through it.
Also still working at the church is the Blessing Box, stationed outside of the church along 8th Street and is available at all times. Anyone can place an item in the box, or remove what they need. The church only asks that they be non-perishable. They also stock the box daily.
To learn more about the food pantry or to make a donation contact them at 304-675-2170 or visit them at the corner of 8th Street and Main Street.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.