We Support the Madison County Food Pantry

The Madison County Food Pantry
Operating since 1981 and partners with Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
numerous businesses organizations, churches and individuals provide support.

125 S. Oak Street, London OH 43140
Phone 740-852-5822
Website: www.madisoncountyfoodpantry.org

We support the Madison County Food Pantry through donations of food and toiletries. We also offer support through volunteers to work at the food pantry.

The Food Pantry is currently in need of bar soap and shampoo.  You can drop them off at the church.

If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Gail Baker, 740-852-0462 or gail@londonfumc.org.

Mission
To make sure no child in our community goes to bed hungry.

The Madison County Food Pantry provides no cost food to low income residents in a non- judgmental and positive way. Clients may visit once each calendar month and receive enough food for a family of four to have three meals a day for at least five days.

The Pantry is 100% staffed by volunteers and is funded by donations and grants from churches, organizations, businesses and individuals. It is designated as a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation by the IRS.

Madison County Food Pantry Update

December 20 & 21st the Pantry gave out either a Kroger or Walmart $35 gift card and a pumpkin pie to 217 families. The cards and pies were purchased by the Pantry to help augment a holiday meal for the families.
This is the second year for holiday gift card distribution and reaction from the families was all positive, with a few tears of gratitude as well. While to most of us, $35 is not a huge thing, for many Pantry families, it makes a big difference.
Final numbers have been tabulated for the number of people served by the Pantry in 2023. During the year food was given to 807 separate households and 2689 individuals. As expected, for many of these individuals, the Pantry provided food assistance multiple times during the year. The total number of people who received food, which include those needing assistance more than once, was 12,707.
The highlight figure to note is that over all there was a 21% increase in assistance provided over the 2022 numbers. Despite the increase in demand no one was denied service due to lack of food at the Pantry. The Pantry is blessed with a great group of volunteers and to have ongoing, and generous sup-port both in canned items and monetary donations from the community.
Current needs, in addition to monetary donations, are personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant items.

About the Madison County Food Pantry

FUMC was an original founding church for the Madison County Food Pantry 42 years ago and continues as a supporting church today. The Pantry offers food and some personal care items at no cost to low income clients. Each family receives enough food for a family of four to have three meals a day for five days.
The Pantry operates solely on donations and grants from individuals, churches, and some foundations. All personnel are volunteers. There is no paid staff.
Demand for Pantry services in 2022 increased 45% over the previous year and demand in 2023 is on a continued increase from 2022.
The explosion in demand necessitated a relocation to new space for the Pantry in December of last year. The old location on South Maple Street served well but became much too small to accommodate the new needs. The Pantry is now located at 125 South Oak (where’s that you ask? The old NAPA auto parts building). The new space more than doubles the square footage and allows for climate controlled space for clients and volunteer staff, something we did not have before, as well as doubled space for food storage. Almost a year into using the new building, it is exceeding expectations from all involved.
Costs for rent and utilities for the new building have more than doubled as well.
Each year at Christmas the Pantry has provided a holiday food gift basket for clients. Last year a change was made to now providing gift cards from Kroger or Walmart instead of the baskets and this has been extremely well received.
How can FUMC help? Donations of canned goods are always welcome. Due to membership in the Mid-Ohio Food Collective the Pantry can buy food at drastically reduced prices, sometimes only the cost of shipping. Cash donations provide even more food than individual canned items. Donations for either the day-to-day operations or the Christmas gift cards can be sent directly to Madison County Food Pantry, 125 S. Oak St., London OH 43140.
Let us know if you have a question, or would like to donate!