Put-in-Bay Food Pantry Neighbors Caring for Neighbors… Island Residents Share their Bounty

Each year the Put-in-Bay community looks for ways to lend a hand to those who may need some assistance. Unlike the food pantries on the mainland, the system is anonymous. St. Paul’s does not ask for any information from the people who use this
island resource. Once again, many of our seasonal residents are donating food to the pantry before closing their cottages for the winter. Other contributions of canned foods have come from various community events.

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service was held at Mother of Sorrows Church Monday, November 20th, 2017. Island residents have gathered together to give thanks since the late 1800’s when turkeys raised on the island fed the families living here. Thanks to Deacon Mike for organizing our service and for all who brought canned goods for the food pantry.

The current coordinator is Doraine Toms who is assisted by St. Paul’s Outreach Committee. They work together to make sure food pantry supplies are purchased before the boat stops running and keeping a variety of items on the shelves. Doraine has volunteered to coordinate the pantry for six years, prior to that, Gay Pippert-Ladd was the coordinator. We appreciate all these ladies have done
to establish and expand this community resource as well as all of the contributions we’ve received over the years.

In addition to the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s, Mother Mary has a “Discretionary Fund” which may be used to assist residents in other ways. Please feel free to contact her about other kinds of assistance available to Put-in-Bay residents. From time to time we have received requests from people who are not on the island. We try to refer them to the myriad programs available through churches
and community agencies near their homes.