How Much/How Many - The CCPC Food Pantry Feeds roughly 40 families per week, using over 2500 lbs of food each week. Assuming 40 families of 4.5 people per family, 260 bags of food are given out to 180 people per week. The committment of time for our Volunteers to gather and distribute the food takes over 100 labor-hours each week.
|Meijer Simply Give Program Underway|
|Meijer has selected Central College Food Pantry for their Simply Give Program at the Maxtown Store. The program runs from May 14 through June 18. Purchasing a $10 gift card for the pantry usually would result in a $20 donated to the pantry. Waiting until June 2 and 3, doubles the Meijer donation so that $30 will be donated to the Food Pantry.
The gift cards are available from the church and the Maxtown store.
|First Sunday Food Drive - , June 4 and each first Sunday of the month, is our First Sunday Food Drive – Please help to keep our CCPC Food Pantry stocked. Needed items include: baked beans, meal extenders (Tuna and Hamburger Helper), mac and cheese, canned tuna, soap bars, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, shampoo and razors. Reusable bags for these items are available on a stand located in the Welcome Center. Shopping carts with signage will be located at the entrances for donated items. The First Mission helps to feed 40 families a week with much needed items. The Board of Deacons thank you for your generous support.|
Food Resources - The food pantry gets the largest amount of food (80%) from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Some of the food is free while most is available at a much reduced price from the Food Bank. A group of 12 – 15 volunteers unload the 4-6 thousand lbs of food and put it on the food pantry shelves. Other volunteers needed include those who bag the food for delivery and volunteers in the evening to give the food to the Food Pantry Clients. Some volunteers also make trips to pickup food donations from our Community Business Partners. You can help right away. This weeks item of need as the Food Pantry Item Of The Week is Meal Extenders such as Hamburger Helper. Tooth paste & brushes can also be used.
Support - The CCPC Food Pantry receives food and support from the congregation in several ways including First Sundays and Miracle Mountain. Other CCPC groups involved include Central College Christian Academy and Preschool children, Boy Scout Troop 192 and Presbyterian Women. We also have many business Community Partners who provide food and other assistance on a regular basis. We are grateful those businesses which include: Bob Evans, Westerville & Bob Evans Gahanna; Chipotle, Westerville; COSTCO, Easton and COSTCO, Gemini Place; Giant Eagle, New Albany , Just Pies, Gahanna and Just Pies, Westerville; Kroger, Sunbury Rd Westerville and Kroger, Hampstead Way, New Albany; Longhorn Steakhouse, Gahanna; Meijer, Westerville; Panera Bread, South Westerville; Peet's Coffee; Pepperidge Farms; Schneider's Bakery; Church of the Latter Day Saints, Westerville.
How Can You Help? - The need never ceases. There are many people in Westerville and surrounding communities who are hungry and trying to provide for their families. You can help by choosing to volunteer. You can help by choosing to bring in food. You can help by choosing to donate money. You can help by praying.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me —Matthew 25:35
More Details Here - Get more information HERE about the Central College Food Pantry.
I Need Help - Central College Presbyterian Church is not a walk-in Food Pantry. We work with area agencies that assign clients in need to the most appropriate Pantry location. If you are in need of assistance, please consider contacting one of these area agencies:
- HANDS-ON 221-2255 or 211 (phone use for 614 area code only) 24 hours, every day
Foodlink Hotline provides referrals for services in Franklin County. Contact 341-2282. , Mon., Wed., Fri; ,Tue. & Thur. 370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, OH 43215 For free Hands On directory of services, go to 211centralohio.org
Our partnership actually commences July 31 and ends September 24, but the three double bonus days are September 1 to September 3.