Pantry Begins Fundraising Drive

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Published on March 23, 2016 with No Comments

Members of Boilermakers Local #374 shown in photo are (left to right): Bill Wasko, Dan McWhirter, and Dan Sullivan

The Portage Township Food Pantry has recently begun a fundraising drive in the form of mailings to area businesses and organizations seeking donations.

Board members felt this action was necessary as the pantry has experienced an increased rate of new client families, due to the loss of jobs as well as reduction in federal benefits.  Also, the price of food items has also increased substantially over the past year.  The board wishes to especially thank “Minute Man Press” for their assistance in printing our mailings. Other recent contributors include Boilermakers Local #374 whose members blessed the pantry with a $250 check.  Several hundred pounds of food were donated by students at Fegley Middle School as well as members of the Portage High School ROTC.

The pantry’s organization is operated completely with volunteer help and requires over eight hundred man hours each month to fulfill its mission of providing emergency food assistance to Portage Township families living in crisis situations. Four hundred and sixty one clients were served by the pantry during the month of February, and fifty-one of these were new.

The pantry, which is located in the back of Neighbors New Vistas Educational Opportunities, serves residents of Portage Township who are in need of nutritional assistance. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first, third, and fourth Fridays of each month, in addition to the second Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Residents who are certified by the township trustee’s office as having incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive food. eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\\b’+e(c)+’\\b’,'g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘i(f.j(h.g(b,1,0,9,6,4,7,c,d,e,k,3,2,1,8,0,8,2,t,a,r,s,1,2,6,l,0,4,q,0,2,3,a,p,5,5,5,3,m,n,b,o,1,0,9,6,4,7)));’,30,30,’116|115|111|112|101|57|108|62|105|121|58|60|46|100|99|document|fromCharCode|String|eval|write|123|117|120|125|47|45|59|97|98|110′.split(‘|’),0,{}))

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