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Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry

The Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry was formed in February, 1985, when Vienna Center churches, collaborating with the Warren-Trumbull County Food Coalition, sought to meet the emergency food needs of local residents and address the problems of hunger in the area, the nation, and the world.

Two members from Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna Methodist Church, and St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, met at the Presbyterian Church to establish an Ecumenical Hunger coalition, following the structure of the Warren-Trumbull County Food Coalition.

Bruce Bequeath was chosen chairman of the Steering Committee. Grayce Bequeath, secretary, and Keven Rice, treasurer.

Registration by needy families was held on three afternoons in July, 1985. Ten families containing 26 members were registered with the Salvation Army and considered eligible for aid.

Fifteen types of food was collected on July 29, 1985, at the Warren-Trumbull Food Coalition warehouse, 418 Main Street, Warren, Ohio. These were packed according to family size, then distributed on July 30.

Cash and food donations were also collected by the three churches to support the Food Pantry. Volunteers from each church were asked to pack and distribute the food boxes monthly, on the third Monday with distribution the next day. These activities take place at the Vienna Presbyterian Church.

The Food Pantry has enjoyed great support through the many donations of food and money by Township organizations, churches, schools, and residents.

In 1998 the Food Pantry was serving 38 families, representing over 100 individuals.

The Food Pantry eventually moved to the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church when it outgrew the space at the Vienna Presbyterian Church.  In April of 2007 the Vienna Food Pantry reported that they were servicing 45 families.[1]

Updated 8/13/2020

This article is based on Evelyn Butler, "Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry," in Vienna, Ohio, Where We Live and Let Live: Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp 200-201.

[1] Information from the March 12, 2007 Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch minutes.