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Patty McAllister, center, who has led the Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry for eight years, will step down next year, as pantry board members, including Sue Dillon and Bob Baldwin, seek to fill the gap and recruit new volunteers from the wider community. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

Patty McAllister, center, who has led the Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry for eight years, will step down next year, as pantry board members, including Sue Dillon and Bob Baldwin, seek to fill the gap and recruit new volunteers from the wider community. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

Food pantry seeks new head

Patty McAllister, who for eight years has led the Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry, will be stepping down from the job in January, so food pantry board members seek a new leader for the pantry, which currently serves about 115 individuals a month out of its location in the United Methodist Church on Dayton Street.

“It takes all of us to support the pantry,” Board member Sue Dillon said recently, emphasizing that the effort is community-wide and not just limited to church members.

Food pantry leaders have seen a growing need for food and other basic needs in recent years, even as the media reports that effects of the recession are lessening. Part of the problem is that other aid agencies have seen a decline in funding, organizers believe.

“Supposedly the economy is recovering, but the people who still aren’t seeing the recovery are the working poor — they still can’t quite make ends meet,” Dillon said.

The food pantry board members are Dillon, Bob Baldwin, Patti Purdin, Mike Aldredge, Beverly Tanamachi and United Methodist Minister Sherri Blackwell.

See the Aug. 14 Yellow Springs News for a more detailed story.

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