Methodist Church feeds the hungry

Susanville’s United Methodist Church has opened a food pantry to feed the hungry in our community.

According to a flyer from the church, the Hope Food Pantry is “helping other people eat,” and “Anyone who needs food is welcome.” No identification is required.

The Hope Food Pantry is open every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Social Hall, located at 635 S. Cottage St.

According to a flyer on the pantry, the church members are supported by local corporate sponsors who donate money, food items and more — Crossroads Ministries, Grocery Outlet, Susanville Supermarket IGA, Morning Glory Dairy and Ken’s Appliance Sales and Service (a business that also provides appliances).

The food pantry is here to stay. According to Mark Speiker, a spokesperson for the pantry, “We’re going to run this until there’s no longer a need in the community.”

Speiker said food insecurity has grown fourfold in the community since the arrival of the COVID-19 virus.

“People should just show up, Speiker said. “We’re not turning anyone away. If a person has a need, they determine their need to the best of their abilities. If someone needs food, we have food for them.”

According to the flyer, “To keep everyone safe, please stay in your car, or, if walking, stay on the sidewalk outside the building and maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and other people. Please wear a facemask if you have one. Our volunteers will check you in, explain what we have and bring the food to you.”

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, go to susanvillemethodist.org/food.