(Posted Oct. 6, 2021)
In 1977, Mary J. Meister founded a food pantry ministry in Plain City as a community outreach through Fellowship of Praise Ministry. Since that time, the ministry has provided fresh and nonperishable food items and meals to hundreds of individuals and families each year.
In addition, the ministry has provided clothing, toiletries and household items to those in need, thanks to generous donations from those who have supported their mission.
Following Mary’s death, Mary’s husband, Ray Meister, took the helm of the ministry, continuing Mary’s legacy and devotion to the pantry. Operating solely through the endeavors of its faithful volunteers, the ministry has helped the Plain City community in many ways.
After nearly 45 years in ministry to the community, Ray, with the approval from the Fellowship of Praise Ministry board, decided to sell the building, step away from leadership, and transition the ministry’s work to Daily Needs Assistance (DNA).
Through collaboration with Ray and Bonnie Chuha, a faithful and active volunteer and coordinator of the food distribution ministry for several decades, DNA is launching the Plain City Food Pantry as part of expanded programming in Plain City. DNA is committed to continuing the work of Mary and Ray Meister, temporarily housing the food ministry at DNA until a more suitable location is secured.
“We are excited about the work God will continue to do in our community in and through the Plain City Food Pantry and look forward to the community’s continued generosity in supporting the legacy of the food pantry ministry,” said Tamara Reed, DNA executive director.
The Plain City Food Pantry was formerly located at 156 W. Main St. DNA is located at 340 W. Main St. For more information, call the DNA office at (614) 824-8340.