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Fareway partners with St. Paul’s food pantry

Local grocery store donates food to pantry

Matt Doran and Kendra Wienke, both of Fareway, Karen Camp of St. Paul’s Lutheran Food Pantry, Matt Shannon, Fareway store director and The Rev. Mark Eichler pose for a photo at Fareway. The store and the food pantry have partnered to provide food items to those in need.

Area residents who visit the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church may find a wider selection of foods to take home with them, thanks to a partnership initiated between the pantry and Fareway Food Stores.

Karen Camp, a coordinator for the church food pantry, said the local store is donating foods that are nearing outdates.

“The food is still good and it’s a wonderful addition to what we are already offering,” Camp said.

The idea came from Matt Doran, the new assistant store manager, according to Camp. At his previous store, a similar arrangement was implemented, a move that Fareway officials were encouraging stores to do, she said.

St. Paul’s food pantry, held Tuesday and Friday’s from 1 to 3 p.m. will now have produce and dairy items, along with canned goods and deli meats sometimes.

Camp and pantry workers head to the store twice a week to collect the food items.

The church-based food pantry regularly serves about 161 people and 61 families.

“This really has been a blessing for us,” Camp said.

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