Despite troubled times, J-E food pantry thrives

Anyone residing in the Jordan-Elbridge school district in need of help should call St. Patrick's Church, where the food pantry is located in the basement, and leave their contact information on the answering machine.

When a resident reaches out to the pantry for help, they should be ready to share some personal information about their circumstances and needs, Scott said. The information will not be shared, but is necessary for the pantry to continue providing for the truly needy and prevent anyone from taking advantage of the pantry.

The pantry may only be utilized once a month per household, though volunteers can help inform about other helpful programs, like HEEP and WIC programs. It is up to residents to apply for those programs though - pantry volunteers can only share the information.

Food packs provided by the pantry include nonperishable staples, like cans of tuna fish and boxes of macaroni and cheese, as well as fresh produce and meats and paper products.

Scott said the boxes are designed to last a family of four up to a week.

The food pantry, which is open to residents of the Jordan-Elbridge school district, was founded in 1987, and became ecumenical in 1992 when five J-E churches - Christ Episcopal, Elbridge Community, First Baptist Church of Jordan, Jordan United Methodist and St. Patrick's churches - joined forces to run the pantry. The pantry is located in the basement of St. Patrick's Church, 28 North Main St. in Jordan.

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