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Choice Food Pantry
St. Andrew, Mentor hosts a “choice” food pantry in partnership with Advent Lutheran Church to serve residents of Lake and Geauga counties. The pantry operates two days and two evenings per month to accommodate varying schedules. As opposed to getting a bag of set items, guests go through the pantry, which is organized like a grocery store, with a shopping volunteer, choosing food. The quantity of food offered is based upon family size. Pantry guests may shop up to four times per month. Whenever they visit, guests are offered options that include proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, fresh produce, and dairy products. During the summer of 2019, St. Andrew and Advent Lutheran Church hosted a joint cookout/celebration with their parishioners and pantry guests to recognize 10 years of the pantry partnership between the two churches. Since 2013, approximately 30,000 households have been served by the St. Andrew Choice Food Pantry.