North Greene Food Pantry extending helping hand

By Gary Scott on April 29, 2016 at 7:03am

A Greene County food assistance center is expanding its service area.

The North Greene Food Pantry is now offering help to anyone in the county, as opposed to just people in the northern part of the county.

Food pantry director Gale Custer explains.

“We have had people contact us in different areas of Greene County saying that there is no food pantry that they can go to. The only one they would be able to go to would be the one in Greenfield, and, the one in Greenfield is OK, but it’s only commodities,” says Custer.

“So, this week, we took back to the board of directors of our pantry, and discussed this, and then we came up with the idea that we’re going to open up our food pantry to anyone in Greene County so we can get those people that kinda fell through the cracks,” he continues.

Custer says anyone who qualifies for food stamps is eligible to get food from the pantry at 200 North Main Street in White Hall.

He says he hopes with the expansion of service comes additional help.

“I just hope that we get support from businesses and the churches to help us buy the food. Without that, without the churches and the businesses in our communities, we would never be here,” he says. “So, we’re hoping that we’re expanding, we hope the businesses and churches in the other towns help us, also.”

The pantry is open on Tuesdays. Starting next month, Custer says hours will expand from 8:30 to 10:30 to 8 until 11 a.m. The pantry will also be open on the first Saturday of the month.