community cares

Here’s some food for thought: how is the Brunswick Food Pantry able to help over 2,000 families per year? Through the generous donations of people in the community, this volunteer-run organization serves food-insecure residents of Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Valley City and Hinckley.

“Everyone in the city supports us,” said Phyllis Siedler, co-director. “So, sometimes we receive checks from individuals to help us out.” Other times, she added, donations come from businesses and organizations, such as the BEAT, who presented Siedler with a check for $225.00 this past Friday, December 11. This donation comes after student journalists of the program chose to reinvest money earned from writing pieces for the Medina Gazette’s Pivot Point back into the community.

All monetary donations are used by the Brunswick Food Pantry to purchase needed items from grocery stores, according to Siedler. Other items, like fresh produce and meat, are available through the pantry’s work with the Akron Food Bank. Siedler also stated that right now, “all our clients are getting gift cards to Giant Eagle to buy milk or eggs—things that we don’t give out.”

Fortunately, there are very few products that the Brunswick Food Pantry does not provide. From cans of fruit to tomato sauce to cake mix, an emergency supply of food covers three days of meals for each member of a family in need. Even though clients cannot currently come into the building to be served, Siedler said, “they still go out with a cart full of food.”

In order to keep those carts full, donations are always needed. According to Siedler, nonperishable items can be dropped off in the lobby of Brunswick City Hall, and monetary donations can be mailed to the Brunswick Food Pantry building. As long as the Brunswick Food Pantry has the full support of the community, local families will not go hungry.

Alyssa Murral, a senior at Brunswick High School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (www.scene75.com), Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Danbury Senior Living, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Medina County Community Fund, Brunswick University Center, Brunswick Eagles 3505, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to brunswickschoolsvideoprogram.org to learn more about the Program, or visit https://thebeat.viebit.com to view videos produced by the students.