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Food pantry reorganized as Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry

Shawn Hardy
Leaders of the Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry are, from left, Kathy Wertner, secretary; Sarah Harmon, treasurer; the Rev. David Rawley, ministerium representative; Peggy Dewire, executive director; and Barbara Grane, president. Not pictured: Carolyn Shoemaker, board member.

The food pantry operating in the basement of Greencastle Presbyterian Church since 1984 has been reorganized and is now known as the  Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry.

The formal incorporation took place in October 2016, but the pantry continues to operate pretty much as it always has, according to Barbara Grane, president of the board of directors. "Antrim" was added to the name to make it inclusive, she said.

The Rev. Allan Shearer and Walter Pollock started the food pantry as a mission of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church, but it has evolved into a community mission. That is reflected in a board made up of members of various churches in the community.

The food pantry initially served 30 to 35 families a month. That figure is now around 120, according to Peggy DeWire, executive director, who came on board 11 years ago after reading help was needed at the pantry in the Antrim Brethren in Christ Church bulletin.

The pantry is manned by volunteers and students from the life skills class at Greencastle-Antrim High School, whose aide Sarah Harmon is treasurer of the board.

Non-perishable foods come from the state through South Central Community Action Program, along with donations from the community and surplus from Sunnyway and Shop 'n' Save. Community members donate fresh produce in the summer. Greencastle Presbyterian Church donates the space.

Donations may be dropped off when the food pantry is open or when the church office is open.

The food pantry is open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month and 9 a.m. to noon the second and third Wednesdays.

All donations — monetary or food items — are tax-deductible.