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Toledo Emergency Choice Pantry




In 2012 the Toledo pantry responded to requests for assistance from 15,497 people, providing each person with emergency food for three days, a significant increase over 2011.  The pantry is on course for another record in 2013, already having served 3,505 people in the first quarter, which traditionally the slowest part of the year.  What was previously our high is now our norm.


Volunteers continue to be a key component to the success of this ministry.  Without their time and talent, it would not be possible to go forward.


Another key component is the obvious – food.  Food costs have increased greatly over the past six months, creating a strain on funds available for the pantry.  Pantry coordinator Joyce Willier continuously seeks out free or low cost food at the food banks and writes for grants whenever they are brought to her attention.


Fundraisers such as the Four Lutheran Agency Golf Outing, in its 16th year, and Souper Bowl Sunday, in its 11th year, have provided wonderful and consistent support for the pantry but they are not enough to cover the pantry’s expenses.


The pantry has two requests of you, our constituents:  consider volunteering your time and providing financial support.  Contact Joyce Willier at or 419-243-9178.  

The Food Pantry can always use volunteers.
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