As previously reported, the Gospel Mission Food Pantry
in the Harmar Community Center earlier this year submitted an application
for 501(c)3 status, which - among other things - would allow it to apply for
grants to support and expand its operations.
Food pantry director Candy Waite explains...
“We’ve been collecting the data that they require us to
collect. We’ve been waiting for it to be approved, so we can go apply for
But there’s been a hitch.
Waite says the pantry learned last
week that an apparent error within the federal bureaucracy stopped the process
in its tracks...
“I received a letter from Senator Rob Portman’s office on
Thursday stating that the IRS told them that our forms had been marked as a hospital.
I contacted our accountant…he brought the forms down, and they are clearly not
marked ‘hospital’ – they are marked in the appropriate way.”
Candy Waite says Sen. Portman's office is working to help correct the error and
move the application forward.