Toledo Pantry Blessings

In September several members of St. Peter, Blackberry ,and St. Luke’s, Yondota, came to the Toledo pantry on God’s Work Our Hands Sunday. They came ready to work and for two hours they sorted and shelved donated food.  As a result of this, the pantry has a new volunteer!  God does work to fulfill our need and we did need another volunteer.

Several people who have Thrivent savings or insurance instruments have stepped up to apply for a Community Action Team event to benefit the pantry.  These events, which are very easy to set up, gives the Thrivent member a credit card for $250, which is then used to purchase needed food for the pantry.  To date we have been blessed with five events.  If you are a Thrivent member, will you consider contacting Joyce Willier, 419-243-9178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to support the Toledo pantry by having a Thrivent Community Action project?  I guarantee this involves minimal time on your end and costs nothing.

It may seem like $1,000 is a lot of money, and it is, but consider that the Toledo pantry serves between 500 and 900 individuals monthly.  In 2016 that meant at least 80,082 meals were provided to those in need.  

To serve so many individuals through our choice pantry, over 30 volunteers are regularly involved each month.  Funding for the Toledo pantry comes in the form of donations, grants, two fundraisers, a monthly USDA allocation and in-kind gifts.  Through the generosity of many we have been able to keep the cost per meal at 31 cents.


Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a Christian agency founded in 1911 by the Fremont Conference of the American Lutheran Church. LSSNWO is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). More than 200 Lutheran congregations in Northwestern Ohio are corporate members of LSSNWO. Lutheran Social Services also is a member of one of the nation’s largest service organization – Lutheran Services of America.