To volunteer or make a donation, call 570-885-6204.

The Pastor's Food Pantry

The Pastor's Pantry at the former Ruggles United Methodist Church on Route 29 in Noxen provides food to local families in need of a helping hand. 

The effort is part of the community development corporation.  The pantry was originally located in the United Methodist Church when Rev. Keith Benjamin was pastor. 

When the food pantry was started, there weren’t enough volunteers to keep a regular schedule and the ministers donated the food whenever someone came to the parsonage or if they saw someone who needed help.

Pearl Race took over the handling of the food pantry in September 2007, taking the mission project of the Pastor's Food Pantry and running with it.  Things began with only a small supply of food.  Pearl began making phone calls to find out how to get bulk food for a decent price, contacting local churches, local businesses like Curves, and anyone who could help get the shelves stocked.  

Other community members who helped bring food donations to the pantry include members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, the Free Methodist Church and Maple Grove, as well as youth groups like Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts.

In 2015, the Pastor's Pantry moved to the former Ruggles United Methodist church.  Currently, the pantry serves nearly 65 families a week. 

The pantry is open from 9 to 12 on Wednesday mornings.  People meeting all of the recipient guidelines can select things off the shelves and pack their own bags.  The pantry has a few volunteers but can always use more.  The food pantry is a reality thanks to those volunteers and the generous donors who keep the shelves well-stocked.  There are individual donors who drop off food at the pantry on a monthly basis, and area churches have food drives frequently. 

To volunteer or make a donation, call 570-885-6204.


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