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Families find help at Lowell Food Pantry

Every second and fourth Wednesday, the Lowell Food Pantry opens its doors to Adams Township residents who are in need.

Judy Gilham, director, said 35 to 40 households are fed each month.

“Sometimes we’re literally swamped and sometimes we’re barely busy, so it just varies,” she said.

The pantry, located at 309 Walnut St., Lowell, is open from 9-11 a.m. Gilham said the first time a family visits, they must show proof of residence, such as a utility bill. They can visit once a month after that to get help with food.

Gilham said they have boxes that are partially filled, but meat and other items are added according to the family size. Vegetables, fruits, canned chicken and tuna, spaghetti and sauce and macaroni and cheese are staple goods available.

“We also supplement with Hamburger Helper and we try to give tuna for Tuna Helper and chicken for Chicken Helper,” she said.

The pantry is helped through the Adams Township community, including the Lowell-Adams Fire Department and the ecumenical cooperative, consisting of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Highland Ridge Church, Lowell United Methodist Church and St. John’s Church, Gilham said.

“And the Lowell Fire Department has had two huge food drives for us since the coronavirus hit,” she added.

The pantry is also assisted through the Marietta Community Foundation and Harvest of Hope, which delivers food once a month to the pantry.

Edna Schau has worked at the pantry for close to five years.

“I enjoy it and the people are pleased with what we can do for them,” she said “It’s something to do and I like being around people and to help other people in need.”

She said in the last few months, they’ve received a lot of new families and on Wednesday, they had a new family of six visit.

“We make sure they have enough to last them until they can come back again,” Schau explained.

If a family is in dire need of food, they can call Schau or Gilham and they’ll get them the food they need.

“I’m glad to see people that we haven’t seen before in our pantry so we can give them what they need,” she said.

She said the pantry is a community effort.

Along with the ecumenical cooperative, Schau’s church, Lowell Christian Church, helps the pantry every third quarter and one of her neighbors donates to the pantry every two months.

“And my husband, Roger, donates turkeys for Christmas dinner,” she noted.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

Who: Lowell Food Pantry.

When: Second and fourth Wednesday from 9-11 a.m.

Where: 309 Walnut St., Lowell.

Available to: Village of Lowell and Adams Township.

Source: Judy Gilham.

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