Ann Heckert, President of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Bob Snyder of Portage Resale Center.
The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, a staple in the Port Clinton community for 31 years, has moved into the Heineman Building and is the new neighbor to Portage Resale Shop. The first distribution out of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry was the last Saturday in February in 1983 out of the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. 27 people were served.
Esther Sutton, a great believer in community and whom the Sutton Center is named for, stated that food was the greatest need in the community, especially at the end of the month when food stamps ran out. She was a firm believer in the need and mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
From the basement of Immaculate Conception, the food pantry moved to the Knights of Columbus building where they found a bigger space. Now, after another increased need in the community, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry found an even bigger space for their operation in the Heineman Building.
“Knowing that Portage Resale knew the need for a food pantry, we wanted to help St. Vincent de Paul move to a bigger facility. They have been an ongoing, great service for the community for years,” said Bob Snyder. Snyder and his wife, Linda, were gifted the Heineman Building in 2012.
This coming Saturday, August 9, with be the fourth time the food pantry will open its doors at its new location. Every second and last Saturday of the month St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry serves the needs of the community. There are income guidelines to qualify for the service. The last Saturday that the pantry was open, 103 families, approximately 300 people, received services from the organization.
“The Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank and Toledo Seagate provides most of our food,” said St. Vincent de Paul President Ann Heckert. “We also buy food from grocers and pay per pound for their overhead. We also receive donations from churches and other organizations around the community. Recently, the Kroger Company donated shopping carts for us to use and that has been very helpful.”
Anyone wanting to receive information about qualifying for assistance from the food pantry or anyone wanting to volunteer their time or goods to the pantry are encouraged to contact Ann at 419-732-1870. The Heineman Building, containing Portage Resale Center and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, is located at 301 W. Second Street, Port Clinton.