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Marietta church helps feed the hungry

Randy Shrider, member at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta, presents a $1,072 check to Jeff Waite of the Gospel Mission Food Pantry after their food drive Saturday. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — Several members of the community drove through the parking lot of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta to drop off monetary or food donations for the local Gospel Mission Food Pantry.

Church member Randy Shrider said he was very pleased with the amount of impact the community made in just the matter of a few hours. Over 40 people brought donations and $1,072 was collected for the pantry.

Shrider and a few other volunteers transported the food, which filled Shrider’s large truck bed and backseat, to the west side of Marietta to deliver the items.

The Gospel Mission Food Pantry, whose mission is “feeding those in need physically and spiritually,” has been helping the community since 2009.

Not only did St. Luke’s help stock the pantry, it helped provide the pantry with shoeboxes that are needed for an Easter giveaway.

About 40 community members participated in the drive through food drive at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Saturday to benefit the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. (Photo Provided)

The food drive was a last-minute endeavor but Shrider said the word spread pretty quickly about the food drive and the church will potentially host another event next month.

“It became a community event,” he said.

With several people needing a little extra boost because of the pandemic, Shrider said people seem to be more zealous about helping others.

“I think people right now are looking for something they can do to feel like they’re a part of something and (to) feel like they’re contributing,” he said.

In promoting the drive, people were encouraged to bring flat boxes full of canned goods and Shrider said several people did just that.

Church Members Randy Shrider, Steve Mahaffey, Stephanie Shrider, Jackie Alden and Curt Alden conducted a drive through food drive at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta. All food collected was transported to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“It was a substantial amount. It was such a good amount that we might do it again in a month or two,” he said. “It’s a great return for a small investment of time and money.”

The Gospel Mission Food Pantry at 309 Lancaster St. in Marietta is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone who needs food or other items before a Wednesday can call (740) 350-4417 to make arrangements.

Donations can be dropped off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

Over $1,000 and several food donations were brought to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry Saturday following the food drive at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. (Photo Provided)

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