For the past four years, Minster Bank has proudly hosted a holiday food drive to serve local organizations and now the time has come for the 2018 drive. All donations will be presented to one of eight local nonprofit organizations in our communities.
How will your donation make a difference? Learn more about the charities you can help support this holiday season.
The St. Augustine-St. Joseph Mission Commission hosts a number of events each year, like a garage sale and soup and salad luncheon, all geared toward raising money to benefit those who need it most. They also organize a Thanksgiving food drive, which your donation will help support.
Where to donate: Minster branch and Wagner’s IGA in Minster
Agape – St. Marys
For more than 40 years, Agape St. Mary’s has served the community with its six guiding principles of compassion, honesty, respect, integrity, support and thoughtfulness. Agape operates a traditional food pantry and sponsors other programs like an emergency clothing pantry, summer student food program, thrift shop and more.
Where to donate: New Bremen branch
Auglaize County Crisis Center
At the Auglaize County Crisis Center, victims of domestic violence find a safe place to stay, receive counseling and get the help they need. ACCC’s yearly benefit auction, which has been held for the past 30 years, is a popular way to provide support for the center’s services.
Where to donate: St. Marys branch
Agape Distribution – Sidney
If families can’t come to the food pantry, Agape Distribution in Sidney brings the food pantry to them. Their mobile rural food pantry serves customers in Mercer and Shelby counties. In total, Agape currently serves 17,591 customers. It also cares for a garden and green space that provide education as well as fresh produce.
Where to donate: Sidney branch
Richards Chapel Food Pantry
Richard’s Chapel United Methodist Church food pantry serves Miami County residents four days a week. Located on Mckaig avenue, the pantry is conveniently situated near downtown Troy.
Where to donate: Troy branch
God’s Storehouse serves Wapakoneta and the surrounding area with a traditional food pantry as well as a thrift shop. More than 200 customers rely on the pantry each week, which also provides assistance with clothing and household items if needed.
Where to donate: Wapakoneta branch
Vandalia Butler Food Pantry
The Vandalia Butler Food Pantry serves residents in the surrounding township. Most recently, a $3,900 gift from the local American Legion post allowed pantry volunteers to purchase much-needed food supplies during a Meijer shopping spree.
Where to donate: Vandalia loan production office
How can I support the food drive?
Participating in the food drive is easy. Simply bring canned goods to your local Minster Bank location from Nov. 6 to Dec. 1.
During this time of year, many food pantries experience an increased need. Consider donating some of the most-requested items, including:
- • Natural peanut butter
- • Low-sodium canned vegetables
- • Olive or canola oil
- • Low-sugar, whole-grain cereal
- • Personal hygiene items like toothbrushes or soap
Thank you for helping Minster Bank support charities in our local communities this season. We couldn’t do it without you!