“For I was hungry, and you gave me food …” Matthew 25:35
Centenary United Methodist Church partners with Catholic Charities Food for All to address hunger in food deserts.
Food deserts are more common than you’d think in rural areas where grocery stores are sparse and public transportation limited. Food deserts can be found in urban neighborhoods and rural towns that lack access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may be served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The USDA estimates 23.5 million people live in food deserts. More than half of these people are low-income. With more than 400,000 people living in poverty in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Catholic Charities is tackling food insecurity head-on by bringing every month a variety of nutritious food items to rural communities without established food pantries. Currently, Catholic Charities is partnering with other organizations to serve people in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton and Highland Counties.
How does it work?
Food for All Pantry Info
3rd Wednesday of each month
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Centenary United Methodist Church
Call Ruth Allen at St Michaels for signup information:
Every month, Catholic Charities travels to Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Brown, Adams and Hamilton counties with food. Working with local organizations, a pantry is set up for the day. Food is brought in from the FreeStore Food Bank and volunteers prepare the food for distribution at each site.
Food for All pantry visitors receive between 20-40 food items. There is a variety of food choices and fresh produce. The pantry opens at 11:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm
Eligibility is based on TEFAP guidelines: Household income less than 200% of federal poverty line. Picture ID and current piece of mail necessary for registration.
In case of bad weather: The food pantry will close if the local school district is closed.
Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at each mobile site.
If you can help for only a few hours, join us at Centenary United Methodist Church. You can bring a group or come alone. We have volunteers of all ages.
Food for All Pantry Info
- 3rd Wednesday of each month
- 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- RULH/Ripley High School (June & July)
- Call Ruth Allen at St Michael's for signup information:
937-392-1335 or 937-213-0525