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Pastor “Red” Gallimore assists volunteers in unloading food for the mobile pantry.

About 30 volunteers stood in prayer inside the sanctuary at the Greater Life Assembly of God Church in Hillsboro on a cold February morning. Pastor “Red” Gallimore talked warmly about those they’d serve in a couple of hours.
The pastor quoted the Bible in describing how they would feed “the least of these” in the community who would visit the first Catholic Charities Food for All Pantry.
Annie Mustard of Community Outreach said many of the nearly 332 people expected to visit the mobile pantry find it difficult traveling up to 30 minutes to the nearest conventional food pantry. Mustard explained, “They’re isolated in rural areas. They lack transportation to get to jobs to work or food pantries for assistance. Many will rely on friends to drop them off here or will carpool with neighbors.”
Many people were surprised to learn that Catholic Charities Food for All Pantry was coming to them. One elderly woman told Mustard that the pantry food would allow her to put aside extra money in her propane fund for heating.
One volunteer, Mark Fiske, said, “I want to invest in the community to make it better. This area is depressed. This (mobile pantry) is needed in the area.”
Catholic Charities is introducing Food for All mobile pantries in rural areas in Adam, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland and Warren counties. Catholic Charities partners with community service providers and churches in these counties to determine locations based on need and accessibility. The goal is to provide 22 mobile food pantry visits this year.
This program is made possible by contributions made to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign which is enabling Catholic Charities to serve even more people.