West Johnston High School has received a grant to expand the scope of its food pantry.
The $2,000 grant from the Presbytery of New Hope will allow the food pantry to provide cooking classes using foods regularly found in the pantry and greenhouse.
The food pantry is open from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays to needy people in the Cleveland and McGee’s Crossroads communities.
White Memorial Church members Susan Foster, Judy Morris, and Carole McCartney delivered the grant to food pantry officers Troy Tillery and Allison Henry.
“We are already beginning cooking demos on the Wednesdays we’re open,” said food pantry director Jeanette Neyman. “This will enable us to purchase supplementary ingredients like flour, olive oil, eggs and spices, which are not typically donated items.”
The greenhouse will be a joint project with the Do Something Club, Envirothon team and science classes.
Pantry president Allison Henry said she was excited about the ability to further meet the needs of the community. “We will be able to use the food we grow to expand our offerings of fresh, healthy vegetables,” she said.
Those in need are allowed to come weekly to choose items from the food pantry shopping list, which can vary. Customers are asked to complete a short survey, provide a state-issued photo ID with their current address and provide report cards for dependents. Adults cannot pick up for other adults.