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Youths' efforts garner items for food pantry

June 21, 1999

Food driveBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: MARLO BARNHART




A few years ago, youth at Trinity Lutheran Church "kidnapped" Pastor David Buchenroth as a way to support worthwhile projects in the community.

This year, the effort wasn't as flamboyant but the results were heartening.

"The youth handed out brown paper bags in church and asked the congregation to bring them back filled with nonperishable food," said William Price, parish administrator.

On June 13, 100 bags filled with food were turned in.

In addition, several monetary donations will help the church buy food in bulk and save money, Price said.

The food collected goes into Trinity's food pantry at 15 Randolph St.

"We give out food on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.," Price said.

The Community Action Council refers people to the church and they are eligible to receive a three-day supply of food once a month, Price said.

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That three-day supply includes soup, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, canned fruit or Jell-O, cereal, Spam, spaghetti sauce and noodles, Hamburger Helper, beef stew, instant mashed potatoes, tuna and rice.

"Donations come from all kinds of people and groups," Price said.

Those include other churches, Sunday school classes, Scouts, industry groups and individuals.

"The Smithsburg High School honor society recently advised us they had a $700 donation for our food pantry," Price said. The gift was unexpected but welcome.

Money is used to buy perishables, hot dogs, hamburger, eggs, bread and rolls.

In addition to the food pantry, Trinity, maintains a clothing bank.

Price said plans are in the works for a new outreach.

"We have adopted Potomac Towers," Price said.

The church will work closely with Potomac Towers personnel to determine the needs of the residents and how church members can meet those needs.

Transportation, visits and food pantry contributions could be some of the ways that assistance could be given.

For more information on the Trinity food pantry, call 301-733-2878.

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