PORTSMOUTH — Hunger affects people you see every day- the cashier at the grocery store, a child in your son or daughter’s class the senior down the street who requires expensive medication. The Potter’s House Ministries, located at 5409 Winchester Avenue in Portsmouth, works to address the need in Scioto County.
The pantry distributes more than 340,000 pounds of food annually to our hungry neighbors, the equivalent of 283,333 meals.
Erika Stepp, Americorp Vista volunteering with The Potter’s House Ministries
“Due to the increase in food prices and decrease in wages, we are seeing more working families utilizing our food pantry,” Stepp said. “Also, there have been a number of people sanctioned from their government benefits, such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and cash assistance.”
You can help support the Potter’s House’s efforts through the Freestore Foodbank’s 13th Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run presented by Kraft Foods. The event, taking place at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, in downtown Cincinnati helps support the Freestore Foodbank’s network of 250 community partner agencies located in 20 counties throughout Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Partner agencies form teams and raise money through pledges of support from their community. Registration is $20 or $25 with a t-shirt.
“The Hunger Walk helps us to raise money to supply our pantry with food. This is vital to our organization, because we serve more than 850 families each month. Without the funding from Hunger Walk, we couldn’t serve as many families as we do.”
The Potter’s House has a goal to raise $300 through Hunger Walk this year, the equivalent of 900 meals. To join the Potter’s House Hunger Walk team or to donate to its Hunger Walk efforts, call 513-482-FOOD (3663) or visit www.cincinnatihungerwalk.org. Online registration is open until 2 p.m. Friday, May 27.
Members of The Potter’s House Ministries in Portsmouth volunteer time to their community food pantry to eradicate hunger in Scioto County.