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St. Michael’s Food Pantry Receives Generous Hunger Pilot Grant

The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) has approved a $14,600 Hunger Pilot Grant to benefit St. Michael’s Food Pantry in Woodstock. Hunger Pilot Grants support Lions’ projects focused on alleviating hunger. Ranging in amounts from $10,000 to $100,000, the grants require a 25% contribution from local Lions Clubs and, additionally, must be used for capital improvements such as construction or expansion, kitchen equipment, or vehicles used for transporting food.

The Woodstock Lions Club became aware of equipment and construction needs at St. Michael’s Food Pantry last year. In the fall of 2020, the Woodstock and Ball Ground Lions Clubs jointly applied for the LCIF grant to address those needs. Subsequently, each Lions Club has donated $1,900, and St. Michael’s has donated $1,100 to meet the 25% matching requirement of $4,900. With LCIF’s grant of $14,600, the project total is $19,500.

St. Michael’s partnership with the Woodstock and Ball Ground Lions Clubs will be ongoing. Both Lions Clubs have pledged to support the food pantry with project management, on-site inspections of the project, publicity, and Lions Club volunteers for both project work and food pantry operations.

“The funds received from this grant will enable us to replace equipment at its useful service life, increase frozen food storage capacity by 20%, and protect our refrigerated truck from accelerated degradation due to weather exposure. St. Michael’s Food Pantry provides frozen meats, produce, dairy, bakery, and nonperishable foods to any Cherokee County resident in need of food assistance,” said Director Patrick Arko.

The pantry is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00-11:45am. An appointment is not required. It is located on the campus of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.