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 and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm each Thursday. Forty volunteers assist with the distribution of food. In 2015, nearly 140,000 pounds of food was distributed, which was purchased for just about 2.8 cents per pound. Funds to purchase food come from the annual church budget, private donations and from outside sources like Panera, ConAgra, Target, and the Fairfield Foundation. In 2015, we served an average of 322 families representing 986 persons per month, down from 2014.
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 $300 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.
Meijer Community Reward Program
The food pantry has been designated as a member of the Meijer Community reward program. Participation is similar to the one at Kroger. First you must have an account at Meijer.com. There is no charge for this. Once that is done. Log in to Meijer account Go to “your account” by clicking your name at the top of the screen Under Shipping, Add shipping address to the profile Next Click “other accounts” in the left hand column At the bottom, Click on Meijer Community Rewards Click on Join Now Click on Join now for "I prefer to use the Meijer 1 card" Fill out form using our 6 digit org number which is 23021 hit Submit
Thank you for helping our LVC Food Pantry!
Please join us in extending a heartfelt thank you to the various organizations that have donated funds during 2015. The Fairfield County Foundation supplied the pantry wth a grant for $1,500 from the George and Dollie F. Zimpfer Fund to be used to purchase food for the Pantry that was used for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food distributions. We also received an $800 grant from the Cordles Cares Foundation to purchase refrigerators. The South Central Power Company Foundation provided a grant of $3,000 that is to be used for freezers and to purchase milk for our clients. The food pantry also received at least $2,500 from individuals who are not a part of our church family. 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.