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Food pantry still seeking donations

Lois Terkhorn, left, greets guests to the Harvest for the Hungry Booth as she and other volunteers raise money for the food pantry Saturday at the Ironton Farmers Market.

Lois Terkhorn, left, greets guests to the Harvest for the Hungry Booth as she and other volunteers raise money for the food pantry Saturday at the Ironton Farmers Market.

Lois Terkhorn was decked out in her pink pantry pig outfit dishing up hot dogs and sauce at the Ironton Farmers Market on Saturday.

She was there helping out the Harvest for the Hungry food pantry trying to raise money.

On average the downtown Fifth Street pantry serves 1,500 a month. Of those 200 are senior citizens and one-third of those have minor children they are caring for.

“We need donations,” director Diane Porter said. “We won’t turn down food, but we can buy food for 10 cents on the dollar.”

When Porter took over three years ago, many thought the pantry was only open to Ironton residents. When the county learned everyone was eligible, the number of clients quadrupled.

Out of a $6,000 a month budget, $3,000 goes for food,” Porter said.

“We don’t have enough to cover all our costs,” she said.

For the next two months the pantry will be at the farmers market giving away food and seeking donations. In July it will be nachos and in August ice cream.