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                     Food Pantry History

Our journey began with an announcement at a Circle of
Caring Meeting last Spring by George Perkins of Carroll County
Food Sunday.  He reported to the group that
Food Sunday was looking for satellite locations to expand
coverage in Carroll County to those individuals in areas
that were difficult to serve from the perspective of distance.  

This need was brought back to St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran
Church and addressed at a Church Council meeting.  The
consensus of Council was that if there was someone that was
interested and willing to take the lead, they were on
board with continuing to explore the concept.  And explore
the concept we did…

A Food Pantry Committee was formed and over the
Spring, Summer and Fall we researched and got feedback
from other agencies and organizations.  We even took a field trip to
a Pantry in Union Bridge and spoke with Pam Fink
who answered all our questions and gave us lots of ideas
and feedback.   An update was provided to Council.

More research, meetings, idea exploration and reporting ensued.  At
a Committee meeting in January a wonderful suggestion was made
and adopted regarding the naming of
the Pantry … “Silver Run Community Food Pantry.”  This name
invites our neighbors to be part of this initiative and
we are amazed by the support we have already received
from outside our Church Community – just today I had three
offers to assist --2 individuals / families and a Girl Scout
troop.  In addition, the Venture Crew affiliated with St.
Mary’s has offered their assistance as well.

Monday evening, February 13th, a presentation was
made to Council in hopes of final approval.  That approval
was granted and Wednesday, February 16th final setup of
the Pantry and the first training was completed.  Our doors
will officially open on Wednesday evening, March 7th from
5:30-6:30pm.  What more fitting way to celebrate our
heritage and honor those who have gone before us on this
our 250th Anniversary than by serving others in need in our
Community?  

Of course, we couldn’t have launched this without the
extraordinary help of our 14 Committee Members:  Jill
Spriggs, Tammy Fairbank, Jim Crist, Pastor Lee and Ann
Brumback, Gail Wisner, Helen Wolf, Cindy Sparacino,
Dwyn Fleischer, Pat Armstrong, Jim and Betty Huber, Gary and
Brenda Meadows and our 15+  Supporting members:  Craig
Fleischer, Forest Fleischer, Suzy Spriggs, Matt
Spriggs, Katie Fairbank, Mark Utz, Leslie Phillips, Lou Ann Snyder,
Ruth Warfield, Fran Crist, Junior & Bertha Miller, Sonya Spencer,
Laura Bennett, Jason Bennett & St. Mary’s Sunday School, several
additional families in the
community, and the Church Council and Community-at-large.
That being said, we can still use your help in a multitude of ways:  
manning the pantry, taking inventory, placing the
food order, collecting bags and a myriad of other ways.  

It is due to everyone’s hard work and dedication that
we will be able to live and serve the words of 1 John
3:17-18:  “But if anyone has the world's goods and sees
his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how
does God's love abide in him?  Little children, let us not
love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”  We do
have many exciting ideas that we are visioning and will
explore for the future.  They include expanding our
mission (with the help of Community Partners) through
activities like a Community Garden, Social Network
presence, Bible Study / Church Service Wednesday
evenings for those we serve and anyone else that would
like to attend.  Stay tuned!  Or even better, come, join us!
Our doors officially opened on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Food Pantry is Held 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meal for Families
from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Pantry Open for Food Distribution from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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If Carroll County Schools are CLOSED,
the Silver Run Community Food Pantry is CLOSED.

If Carroll County Schools are
2 HOURS LATE,
the Silver Run Community Food Pantry is
OPEN.

If Carroll County Schools
CLOSE EARLY,
the Silver Run Community Food Pantry is
CLOSED.


If Wednesday Pantry date falls on Legal Holiday,
the Silver Run Community Food Pantry is
CLOSED.