The Lodi Food 4 All Pantry has been awarded a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. In partnership with the Lodi Presbyterian Church, volunteers will use the $14,000 grant to increase the storage capacity for donated food, as well as provide educational activities for area residents to learn how to grow and preserve their own food. A class on raised bed straw bale gardening provided a demonstration garden at the church with donated bales that residents could take home and start growing their own food. Beside the garden will be benches to encourage socialization opportunities as plants blossom, mature and produce edibles to be shared at the pantry.
Volunteers Karel Titus and MaryLois Schott, working with Sherry Hayes-Schwab, Roger Sackrider and April Jenkins, manage the Lodi food pantry every Saturday from 3-5 pm at the Lodi Presbyterian Church. Donations of food from Friendship Donations Network (FDN) in Ithaca, Foodlink and local producers such as Blue Heron Farm, Westwind Farm, Six Circles Farm, Waid’s Honey and other individual residents, provide an abundance of fresh produce, eggs and honey. Local stores, such as Lake Country Sales, also have been very supportive with donations of canned and boxed foods. FDN also gives the pantry access to a great variety of bread, yogurt, milk, prepared salads, sandwiches and much more.
Funds from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation grant are providing an insulated storage shed, built by Woodtex in Himrod, NY, which will include a walk-in cooler for the storage of refrigerated foods, shelving for donated food and supplies, as well as space for equipment to preserve foods, such as canners, dehydrators and canning jars. Classes for food preservation will be taught and preservation equipment will be available for home use, also made possible by the GRHF grant.
The Lodi community is very fortunate to receive the Greater Rochester Health Foundation Grant to expand and enhance our ability to provide nutritious food and encourage self-sustainability for families in our area.