Healthy Choice Pantry
In addition to our Monthly Distributions, we offer a weekly Choice Pantry. Residents may select fresh produce, non-perishables, and prepared food items. When available, we also offer household goods, toiletries and diapers. The Choice Pantry is open from 9:00 am-11:45 am and 1:00 pm-4:45 pm Monday-Friday. If you arrive after 11:45 am or 4:45 pm, we will offer a pre-packed bag.
The weekly choice pantry
Where the food comes from
Second Harvest Food Bank provides the majority of the food we distribute, including fresh fruit and produce. Other sources include: Plant-A-Row, the People's Garden and our partner local gardens and produce auctions. Our bread suppliers include Second Harvest, Panera, and Subway. We are always looking for additional donations for our pantry.
Volunteers keep our pantry clean, organized and functional. They stock shelves, serve clients, unload the truck, sweep, mop, organize, package eggs, weigh donations, bag bread and perform others duties as required.
What food is Available
Every family that visits the pantry has access to the following food items: unlimited fresh produce (ie greens, fruits, vegetables), unlimited bread, and unlimited cooler and freezer items (ie pizza, pasta, juice, milk). Dry goods available are based on family size; these items include a breakfast shelf, canned protein shelf, snack shelf, starch shelf, dessert shelf, condiment shelf, and pre-prepared foods shelf. Depending on family size, you will receive one or two packages of frozen meat and eggs. If you wish, these items can be substituted for other nutritional protein substitutes.
Hours & Eligibility
The Choice Pantry is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-11:45 am and 1:00 pm-4:45 pm. We are closed for lunch. In general, you can choose your own items, but if you arrive at 11:45 am or 4:45 you will be given a pre-packed bag. We are closed on weekends and from 11:00 am-5:00 pm on the second Friday of the month to set up for food distribution.
We ask that you bring your own bags as we cannot provide them. We do have boxes if you need them.
To use the pantry, you can live anywhere in Lorain County. You will need to provide a photo ID. You may use the pantry once a week. To be eligible, your income must be 200% of the poverty level or less. All of your information will be kept private and confidential. If you can't get to the pantry, you are welcome to send someone else, but you will need to fill out a proxy form authorizing them.
Our Food Programs Coordinator is Hannah Rosenberg: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For volunteering information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Gadsden: email@example.com.