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Sistersville Lions Club Installs Outdoor Micro Food Pantry

By Staff | Jun 2, 2021

Brandon Chadock receives the $1,000 check from Cindy Carpenter presenting on behalf of Memorial Health System and Hunger Solutions.

The Sistersville Lions Club has partnered with Sistersville General Hospital to provide greater access to food and other essential items for the local community. With the installation of a micro food pantry located near the Sistersville Fitness Center on Charles Street, non-perishable essentials are made available around the clockand free of charge to those in need.”

While the past year has brought many unique challenges, members of our community who struggle with food insecurities will have an additional resource just down the street. Thisproject provides an opportunity for friends and neighbors to anonymously give and receive a little extra help when it is needed.” stated Sistersville Lions Club President, Mary Ellen Benincasa.

Ongoing sustainability was a concern in the initial planning.

The club was fortunate to receive a generous contribution of $1,000 from Hunger Solutions, a community-based organization with a mission to reduce hunger in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The seed funding will allow the club to maintain a steady supply, rotate the stock and ensure those in need have access to a variety of foods and essentials.

Sistersville Lions Club Treasurer, Brandon Chadock, said, “Lion Steve Leasure and his grandson, Carter Bohrer, were instrumental in building and installing the micro pantry. The Friendly United Methodist Church and Pastor Andrew Tennant were very generous to support us with the first supply stock. We recognize the success of this project is due to support from Hunger Solutions, the Friendly UMC, Sistersville General Hospital, and especially to our community who continues to support the work that we do.”