St. Andrew's Episcopal Food Pantry and Clothing Room closing

DAYTON, Ohio  - For over a decade, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church has helped feed and clothe Dayton's west side, but the final days of the outreach are here and volunteers are heartbroken to see this month be their last.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church normally feeds over 100 families a month, but will have the last food pantry day on November 17.

"I've seen the same people come every month, particularly senior citizens just like me," said church volunteer, Carlos Romero. "So that sort of grabs you, you know."

Carlos and his family attended St. Andrew's from 1978 until their last service this past April.

He said it was an optimal outreach location for the people they served.

"It's on the bus line, a lot of folks don't have transportation, they take the bus," said Romero.

And Judy Aldridge, who fell into the food pantry by mistake, said she found her call to volunteer through it because the need in the community for nourishment is more than just about food.

"With everything else that's closing down around us, we were a place to go to," said Aldridge, food intake and clothes room coordinator. "It wasn't just for the food or clothes, I found out real quick that there are people here who just want a connection."

The clothing room's final day, which gives free clothes to any person in need, is Saturday, Nov. 3. 

Hours for the food pantry on the 17th is going to be extended until 2 p.m.

Aldridge said they will be giving away turkeys, toiletry bags, and much more and would love to see everyone there.

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