By Kim Lux
The North East Community Food Pantry, 30 Bothel St., will remain fully operational even after a partnership between the food pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank ended earlier this month.
“We will continue to meet the needs of the community,” said Mark Kuhne, the food pantry’s director. “Nothing will change in terms of our distribution or services.”
The North East Community Food Pantry is run by a Christian Missionary made up by the 16 churches in the local Council of Churches. The food pantry serves hundreds of families in North East Borough, Township and Greenfield Township.
“The money previously spent at Second Harvest will be used with other vendors,” he said. “There will be no shortage of food for those who need it!”
Last year, the food pantry purchased about $14,000 in goods from Second Harvest. In a press release, the North East Community Food Pantry said money will be used locally, at businesses including Sander’s Markets, to purchase items for the food pantry.
The food pantry is open every Saturday from 9:30 to noon. Families in need are invited to come collect food twice a month.
“A lot of food pantries only hold distributions once a month,” Kuhne said. “We are blessed enough to be open weekly and we can distribute food to families in need twice a month.”
For more information, or to donate to the North East Community Food Pantry, call 814-725-9777 or visit the group’s Facebook page.