The food pantry began in 2001 in the basement of a church member’s home. It now resides at the Agape Ministry Center at 423 West Wheeling St. in Lancaster, Ohio. The ‘win’ for the Lancaster Vineyard food pantry is to move our clients towards a relationship with Christ by serving them in a warm hospitable manner. The food pantry distributes food to clients from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm each Thursday and from 10am to 11:30 am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Over sixty volunteers assist with the distribution of food. In 2016, nearly 256,000 pounds of food was distributed, which was purchased for just under 3.0 cents per pound. Funds to purchase food come from the annual church budget, private donations and from outside sources. In 2016 we served an average of 334 families representing 992 persons per month, an increase of 4% over 2015. Anyone needing assistance may call Fairfield County Information and Referral ("211") and ask to be referred to the Vineyard food pantry. Clients are allowed to receive food once a month, unless they are walkers who can come twice per month
If you are in need of assistance, call Fairfield County Information and Referral ("211") and ask to be referred to the Vineyard food pantry. Clients are allowed to receive food once a month.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Thank you to those of you that have registered with the Kroger Community Reward Program! We receive about $400 per quarter just from you connecting your Kroger Plus Card with our Lancaster Vineyard Food Pantry. If you have not already done that, all you have to do is designate the Lancaster Vineyard C.F./Food Pantry #57644 as the program to receive the rewards. Registration is done online at krogercommunityrewards.com. Be sure to have your Kroger Plus Card handy when you register. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, you may pick one up at the Customer Service Desk at any Kroger store. The Kroger Round Up program provided another $1,400.
Thank you for helping our LVC Food Pantry!
Please join us in extending a heartfelt thank you to the foundations and organizations which blessed the food pantry in 2016. A memorial gift in the amount of $15,000 was donated from The Schatz Fund to our Lancaster Vineyard Food Pantry through the Fairfield County Foundation. These monies were used to install a new roof and rear dock area on the Agape Building. We have also received a check in the amount of $2,000 from the George and Dollie F. Zimpfer Fund to be used to purchase food for the Pantry. The Cordle Cares Foundation, WalMart, Target, City of Lancaster Community Grants and the South Central Power Foundation awarded the pantry nearly $7,000 to purchase fresh milk and eggs. It is with these acts of generosity that we will be able to better serve our 300+ monthly clients at the Lancaster Vineyard Food Pantry.