The Ivy Bend Food Pantry was established in 1994 by Donna Allen and her
daughter Tanna. Trying to help their neighbors, the two gathered food
from family and friends then shared it with those in need. Seeing their
efforts were unable to meet all the needs in the community, they
approached the Second Harvest (which is The Columbia Food Bank today) for help.
The Second Harvest started with a mobile food pantry bringing a truck to
the parking lot of the Lake View Church to deliver food.
In 2006, the
Ivy Bend Food Pantry was given a mobile home to use for storage and
distribution of food. In 2010, the food pantry received a second mobile
home to increase the capacity of the food storage and distribution. In
2012, the food pantry applied for grant funds to repair and put together
both mobile homes under one roof. This doubled the capacity and created
additional storage. A small makeshift cooler was also built by
insulating a room and installing two air-conditioning units.
The funds raised from a 2014 NAP grant program provided
for the construction and furnishing of a new food pantry building,
which provides an opportunity to store and give a larger quantity and
variety of food
to its residents and surrounding communities.
With construction of the new building
completed in 2015, the Ivy Bend Food Pantry is well on its way to becoming what
the volunteers involved had dreamed of. The residents of the area have a modern new
building to hold events beyond the food pantry's original intent, such as free
GED education classes, a free senior citizen hot lunch program, an after-school
tutoring program and information seminars. Hopefully, a walk-in medical
facility can also become a reality.
Since 1994, the
capacity of the food pantry had increased along with the needs within
the region. The Ivy Food Pantry has demonstrated again and again the
resourcefulness and passion for helping their friends and neighbors in need.
The contributions made by people and companies
who care will enable us to provide and continue to fund these new services. With
your help, we will make change possible in Ivy Bend