Salvation Army food pantry set for church in Ravenna

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The Salvation Army's Red Shield Pantry program will be held at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall on Wednesday for its final distribution of 2013.

Leadership teams from the two organizations, along with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, confirmed the location change.

"We are truly grateful for our friends at Immaculate Conception for allowing us to use their hall for the month of November," said Captains Demetrius and Juanita Stanford. "Many families depend upon this pantry program to supplement their monthly food budgets."

The Parish Hall, at 251 W. Spruce St. in Ravenna, has plenty of parking and space for both food and participants to be indoors, away from any inclement weather that might develop on pantry day. Traditionally operating on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding December), the program will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Salvation Army's Red Shield Pantry program began in Portage County in September 2010, hosted by the Renaissance Family Center of Windham. Now in two locations, each "super pantry" distributes approximately 15,000 pounds of food to more than 200 households each month. Set up, distribution and clean up all happens in the same day.

Other sites to host the program have been Access To Independence, the Ravenna Eagles Club and most recently, the City of Ravenna Farmer's Market Tent.

The Salvation Army captains are seeking a community partner to collaborate with the Salvation Army as a host site for 2014.

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