Sunday, October 7, 2012
Grafton, Faith Church Food Pantries To Merge In New Home
At roughly the same time Huntley's Faith Community Church will merge operation of its food pantry with the older organization according to the announcement.
The Grafton Pantry found itself odd man out in foreclosure proceedings on the charitable group's current donated warehouse space on Smith Drive. The new site, the former headquarters for Huntley Silkscreen, is only a few hundred feet away from the current one off Kreutzer Road. It's 2,400 square feet and includes offices and what was a meeting room. “We are very excited to be moving to a larger facility that will enable us to continue to provide quality services to our clients in a more spacious setting," said Pantry spokesman Harriet Ford.
Ford lauded Pantry friends who helped in the search for a new location and especially Huntley businessman Tom Manning who donated the lease for the new spot
FCC's separate food pantry began about three years ago in a small room off the church lobby but requests for aid have increased while it's run through at least three different managers. "We welcome this addition to our pantry and look forward to working together as one organization in our efforts to end hunger in the community,” said Ford.
The Grafton Food Pantry currently helps about 600 people in Huntley, Lakewood and parts of Lake in the Hills, Algonquin and Crystal Lake while the FCC Pantry assists around 200 in pretty much the same area. Both numbers are expected to rise during Winter and the holidays.
In the pic: The new Allison Court location for combined operations of the Grafton Food Pantry and Faith Community Church Food Pantry in Huntley.