After being housed at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the past eight years, the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry moves to 301 W. 2nd St. and opens there June 28. The new location is adjacent to the Portage Resale Center.
Ann Heckerd, St. Vincent DePaul president, said the move will help the organization better serve clients.
St. Vincent DePaul has operated a food pantry in Port Clinton since 1984. It was started in a garage at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Madison Street and later moved to the basement of the church’s school. In 2006, needing more space, the pantry moved to the Knights of Columbus on East Perry Street.
The food pantry provides food for 150 to 175 families and seniors each month.
It relies on various churches, organizations, individuals and businesses for donations.
“The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus and FirstEnergy have been especially generous.” said Heckerd.
Food is either purchased from or donated by the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, Seagate, Aldi and Kroger stores.
Managers of the Portage Resale Center and Seed Faith Missions Food Pantry were at odds recently with owners of the resale center, who said they could not continue to operate from the location.
Resale center board member Bob Snyder said the pantry was asked to leave because board members disagreed with how it was being operated and questions arose about finances.
Pantry owner Marie Berry said she and her husband were fired without cause by Snyder.
Still, both sides agreed they are trying to get their nonprofits back on track.
Bob Snyder said he wanted a new pantry to fill the property adjacent to his resale center, as St. Vincent DePaul will fill that void.
Owners of the Seed Faith Missions food pantry said they are looking for a new building and are seeking a loan agreement with a building owner to continue operating the pantry that feeds hundreds per month.