Matthew 7:7 “Ask and you shall receive.”
Daisy’s Pantry volunteers have heard often the words “I never thought I would have to use a pantry”. Service has indeed been evident through the sharing of time and resources. Since the dedication of our pantry on Sunday, November 29, 2009, we have served hundreds of families and individuals.
If you know of someone who is in need, the pantry offers open shop on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. There are no required qualifications to participate we just ask for some form of ID. A huge thank you to all who continue to fill the pantry cart.
Origins of Daisy’s Food Pantry:
Several years ago Robert Lehman made a significant contribution to St. Paul in memory of his wife Daisy (also known as Janet Simpson’s mother) to renovate what used to be the Pastor’s office into a child care room. Although that did not materialize, the room was greatly appreciated as a meeting room through the years.
In August of 2009, it was suggested that we use the room for a food pantry. As we moved forward with the idea, the family was contacted and asked if it met with their approval to honor Daisy in naming the pantry. They were delighted with the idea and went on to share why it was a fitting honor.
Family had top priority with Daisy, but food was always at the heart of family and social gatherings. It was always her mission to make the favorite foods of those she held dear. During WWII she fed soldiers in a USO kitchen, she volunteered often in her church’s kitchen, loved to bake Christmas cookies for the neighbors and was always ready to take food to someone who was ill. The food stories covered travels, restaurants, weddings, dessert buffets (her favorite), and using the art of cooking to stay connected with family members.
How fitting it is that we name our pantry St. Paul Lutheran Daisy’s Pantry for a lady who used food to reach out to others. We will radiate the love of Jesus into our community as we share food and reach out beyond our walls.
Daisy’s Food Pantry Coordinators:
Linda Freeman, Sandi Klump, Ellen Johnson.
Grants to support our Food Pantry have been provided by: Church Extension Fund and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans