HOWLAND - A year ago, a group of members of the Bolindale Christian Church, with assistance from Howland Township officials, formed a food pantry to provide assistance to residents in the Bolindale area.
The Bolindale Food Pantry is in the basement of the church, 2749 Fairview Ave. S.E. Ralph Harris of the pantry said the five community groups pooled their resources to start up the food pantry that serves the needs of the Bolindae area of Howland.
He said it was determined the area had residents who needed help each month with food items.
The church operates the food pantry from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.
"The congregation was able to establish a pantry and has had more than 12 volunteers helping with operations," Harris said.
Howland helped get the pantry started with a grant and has assisted with providing support in ordering the food.
Harris said the township picks up the food orders from Second Harvest Bank to the pantry, where it is stored until distribution.
The Trumbull County Health Department was the source of the grant to help fund the pantry.
The Ohio State University Extension Family Nutrition Program also assists and comes each month to provide food participants with nutritional guidance and how to best use the food received.
Special events held at the food pantry include:
July 2012 - Trumbull County Fair food drive with five pallets of canned foods donated by local youths;
November 2012 - National Day of Service Howland schools and Shortreed and Associates collecting items. A school bus full of food and a check for $1,000 was presented to the pantry. Students also volunteer their time at the pantry;
December 2012 - Howland Township Boot Drive held by firefighters netted $4,000 for the pantry for the holidays;
January 2013 - Howland Professional Firefighters Association presented a check for $100.