The North Bend Eagle


Food pantry in North Bend to help those in need

Blessings Food PantryThe Rev. Michael Hill stands among the food items that will fill the shleves of the Blessings Foot Pantry.

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/27/16

With the goal to share its blessings with others, the United Presbyterian Church congregation has decided to open a food pantry in North Bend. The hope is that area residents will not have to drive a distance to visit a food pantry.

The Rev. Michael Hill has been managing the funds of the Ministerial Association of North Bend. This fund is the result of collections taken at the Old Settler’s church service with the local ministers taking turns dispensing the fund to those in need. Occasionally Hill would have people ask for money for gas so they could go to Fremont to visit a food pantry there.

“I wondered is there anything local that we could do for the people here where they are not having to make sure they make it to Fremont during a certain time,” Hill said. “After checking around I found out we didn’t have a food pantry here in North Bend. We have the need. I think there are one-third of our children in the school district on free or reduced lunches. And those are just the ones who asked. I’m sure pride keeps some from asking.”

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