An anonymous donor gave the Twin City Food Pantry $12,500 to purchase this walk-in freezer. (Photo by Carl Sowers)
UHRICHSVILLE (Tusco TV) - Twin City Food Pantry organizers are expressing their gratitude for a large donation that’s helping them do even more to combat community hunger.
Pantry Director Carl Sowers says an anonymous donor covered the cost to purchase and install a new, walk-in freezer valued at more than $12,000. Sowers says this person read about the pantry’s need for additional freezer space in the newspaper and felt compelled to help.
"I said, 'You might want to think about it. It’s a lot of money. You might want to think about it,' and this person said, 'I don’t have to think about it. I wanna do it.' So this person came the following Friday and brought me a check for $12,500, and we went ahead and made the purchase."
Sowers says the pantry previously operated with one walk-in freezer, with chest freezers used to store overflow items. He says the second walk-in allows them to stock up on products like bulk chicken and offer a greater variety of frozen items..
"Now we can expand into doing some things. Ready-meals, because one of our biggest influx right now are seniors, so this way it gives us the opportunity to give that meal to where the senior can go home, pop it in the oven or pop it in the microwave or whatever so that helps that cause out, too."
Sowers says the pantry is available to anyone in need with no residency or income requirements. It’s held at 109 Water St. Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 12:45 pm and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8. He says people can call 740-922-6276 if they would like to volunteer or donate.