Editor's Note: The information in this post was provided by the Rotary Club of Solon.
A mobile food pantry has been established in Solon to distribute food on a monthly basis to recipients in need.
The next distribution is November 27.
Distributions are hosted on the 4th Tuesdays of each month (except December, when the distribution will be on December 18) at the Church of the Resurrection on Cannon Road in Solon.
Mobile Pantry visitors must meet income and residency requirements (income eligibility is restricted to 200% of federal poverty guidelines, currently $1,814 a month for one person or $3,724 for a family of four; recipients should be Cuyahoga County residents).
According to Solon Senior Center social worker Beth Kamer, approximately 9% of the Solon population falls within the income limits for the Mobile Pantry program.
The Mobile Pantry is a program offered by the Cleveland Foodbank and is supported locally by the Rotary Club of Solon, working together with the Solon Senior Center, the Church of the Resurrection and the Solon Area Interfaith League.
The Rotary Club is providing funding for the mobile pantry; the Church of the Resurrection is making its facilities available and providing logistical support, the Solon Senior Center is providing publicity and volunteers, and the members of the Interfaith League and the Rotary Club are supplying volunteers to staff the monthly food distributions.
The first Solon Mobile Pantry, held in October, was active, with dozens of volunteers assisting in organizing food stocks, assisting with paperwork, and helping to carry items back to people’s cars. Thirty-six Solon-area families in need “shopped” from supplies of breads, cereals, canned goods, frozen foods, and potatoes and onions, with leftover food supplied to a number of local charitable organizations for further distribution.
Rotary Club of Solon service projects chairman Jim Hyde noted “nobody in this country should go hungry.” Funding has been committed for the program for the next year.
Anyone with questions about the Solon Mobile Pantry program should call 440-349-6363.