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The Yellow Springs Food Pantry, located in the basement of the United Methodist Church, is one of several nonprofits that aim to address the needs of villagers who struggle financially. Shown above are volunteers David Robinow, Bethany Gray, Sue Bothwell, Paula Hurwitz (the pantry’s director) and Pat Robinow. The pantry provides food for residents of Yellow Springs and Clifton on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

The Yellow Springs Food Pantry, located in the basement of the United Methodist Church, is one of several nonprofits that aim to address the needs of villagers who struggle financially. Shown above are volunteers David Robinow, Bethany Gray, Sue Bothwell, Paula Hurwitz (the pantry’s director) and Pat Robinow. The pantry provides food for residents of Yellow Springs and Clifton on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

Food help for those in need

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In need of food help? Looking to donate food or money to aid those who are?

The Yellow Springs Food Pantry is a resource for any villager in need of free, non-perishable food items, as well as taxable items such as paper goods, toothpaste and shampoo. (Clifton residents are also welcome.) Located in the basement of the United Methodist Church, the YS Food Pantry is open the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. In December, that means it’s open Dec. 8 and 22.

Those who wish to donate food to the pantry can come to the pantry during its open hours, or place food in the food pantry barrels located in Tom’s Market and the Bryan Center. Checks can be mailed to the pantry at 202 S. Winter St., Yellow Springs. The YS Food Pantry served more than 80 families this year, according to Paula Hurwitz, who manages the pantry.

A new, smaller-scale resource is the Little Free Pantry, a “cupboard” of non-perishable food and toiletry items located on the Walnut Street side of the First Presbyterian Church. Any villager may take items at any time if needed, and donations are always welcome.

In addition, the Foodbank of Dayton brings its mobile food pantry to Yellow Springs the fourth Tuesday of the month, setting up outside the Bryan Center beginning at 1 p.m. (Its next visit is Dec. 27.) Those who wish to access the service can do so by filling out some general demographic info; no ID or proof of income is needed.

Read more about a range of projects designed to help villagers in need in the Nov. 24 issue of the News.

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Food help for those in need

by Audrey Hackett