Westlake’s Food Pantry is here to help

The Westlake Food Pantry offers nutritious, non-perishable food to residents in need. Photo courtesy City of Westlake

A food pantry can serve as a lifeline to a variety of people, many of whom one might not think of when imagining the average individual(s) served by this type of social service.

The good people in the Westlake Senior & Community Services Department knows the reasons a person or even an entire family may find themselves struggling to afford basic nourishment essentials can vary greatly. This is why they want residents to know that the Westlake Food Pantry is open to any resident in need.

Perhaps an individual lost their spouse who was the primary bread-winner for the household. Insurance may only go so far to cover expenses, leaving them in need of a way to make up the difference. They should not go hungry or feel shame in seeking some assistance in their time of need.

Let’s say a family member loses his/her job and cannot immediately find a new one. There is no need for them to choose between paying their rent or mortgage and having nutritious food to eat.

With schools out due to concerns about the coronavirus, families whose children typically utilize the free and reduced lunch program can apply to take advantage of the pantry to get them through this difficult time.

These are only a few examples of the types of situations in which a pre-arranged visit to the Westlake Community Services Center can make a world of difference. However, many people in such scenarios do not seek out the center’s services.

The center hopes to change that and maximize the good that can come out of a resource that has helped untold numbers of individuals and families and has the potential to help many, many more.

Details about how to apply to participate in Westlake’s Food Program, as well as how to donate, are available on the city’s website: cityofwestlake.org/722/Food-Pantry. Interested parties may also call 440-899-3544 or email Senior & Community Services Outreach Coordinator Donna Feorene at dfeorene@cityofwestlake.org.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.17.2020