For more than three decades the Marietta Community Food Pantry, located inside the First Congregational Church on Front Street, has served those in need.
Pantry Director Bill Farnsworth says it originally started for Marietta residents “in crisis” such as people who had had a fire, flood, or medical emergency.
“That was trying to meet those difficulties that people had that just once-only. However, with our current economy, many jobs are scarce and people are coming to get food on a regular basis,” explains Farnsworth.
Farnsworth says, with about 25 volunteers, the Food Pantry serves around 125 families each week.
Funded by donations, the Community Food Pantry purchases most of its food. Farnsworth adds that community organizations also hold food drives for them.
He says around the holidays donations go up so they pass that on by increasing the amount of food they give each family. “We live in a really generous community – it’s really amazing,” notes Farnsworth.
“Recently we had some people who had previously come to us for help over the years, return and give us a donation as a thank you. So, it’s not just about the food, we’re trying to help people get back on their feet and have human contact with people. People are afraid when they don’t have any food, so we try to reassure them that we’ll help them.”
The Marietta Community Food Pantry is located at the First Congregational Church at 318 Front Street. Those interested in donating can mail a check or drop off donations. Those in need can stop by, just bring a photo I.D., proof of Marietta residency, and social security cards of all household members.
The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.