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 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month. Over forty volunteers assist with the distribution of food. In 2019, nearly 195,000 pounds of food were 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 2019 we served an average of 300 families representing 869 persons per month.
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
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 #UK699 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.
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 2019. We received funds from the George and Dollie F. Zimpfer Fund and Wal-Mart to purchase food for the Pantry. The Cordle Cares Foundation, City of Lancaster Community Grants, and the South Central Power Foundation provided grants for milk and eggs. Target and Save-a-Lot continue to contribute food as partners of the pantry. It is with these acts of generosity that we will be able to better serve our clients at the Lancaster Vineyard Food Pantry.
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