Martha T Simmons Food Pantry
The Martha T. Simmons Food Pantry began about 40 years ago through the efforts of a parishioner named Martha Simmons. She was aware of food insecurity in the Marion community so she brought nonperishable items to the Parish House and stored them in a closet. For thirty years the food was donated by church members, and the Rector accessed items from the closet when people requested assistance. Since then the food pantry has grown tremendously. The total food given out in the pantry in 2017 was 120,000 pounds.
Clients use a cardboard box and they can then ‘shop’ for the items they seek, rather than being given a prefilled bag. The volunteers overseeing the weekly distribution gently encourage the clients to take advantage of the fruits and vegetables which, for many, have been beyond their reach. On average, the Food Pantry serves 200-250 families each month. Volunteers include church members, food pantry clients, MTC Early College students, and members of a local Baptist Church.
Date/Time: Friday’s from 4 PM to 6 PM.