It took several years of planning and fund-raising to bring the Newfoundland Food Pantry to fruition, but families and individuals began using the facility at the Dreher Township Building in November 2019.
The Wayne County Commissioners awarded nearly $250,000 in construction bids. in the spring . with funding coming primarily from two Local Share Assessment (LSA) - Monroe County gaming grant from PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Commonwealth Financing Authority.
The county also secured donations from other community partners such as Lehigh, Salem and Sterling Townships, the Pike County Commissioners, the Pike and Wayne County Area Agencies on Aging and the Community Food Pantry/United Way. The donated funds were used for the preliminary design and bids for a facility in Dreher Township.
The site hosts pantry operations for both the Wayne and Pike County programs, serving Dreher, Sterling and Lehigh Townships in Wayne, and Greene and Palmyra Townships in Pike.
County Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith said, “We are thankful for the cooperation of Supervisors David Peet, Rebecca Keiper, William Reese and former Supervisor John Young as well as the citizens of Dreher Township for hosting the addition and for taking on the routine maintenance of the facility.”
Commissioner Joseph Adams offered his gratitude to State Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Mike Peifer for their continued support. “They helped us to secure two separate rounds of funding to pay for this project.”
Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer also thanked the volunteers who worked to relocate the operation, and who give of their time each month to assist with food distribution.
We are so excited for this project to begin, said Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer, who also thanked everyone on the bi-county project committee who assisted in any way as well as the county's dedicated legislators who helped secure the necessary funding.
This is a true testament to Wayne Tomorrow! and the desire of our community to come together to solve problems and provide continued support to our citizens, she said.