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New Castle food pantries get financial assistance

Steve Slocomb of God’s Grain Bin spoke on Wednesday about the good that a donation of $5,000 in food products will do through that food pantry. Listening, left, is Rinda Kieffer, human resources manager at Dot Foods in Cambridge City, which made the donation.

By BOB HANSEN - Connersville News-Examiner

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Steve Slocomb had a catch in his voice as he told about a recent experience at God’s Grain Bin, a food pantry he and other volunteers operate in New Castle. 

An 80-year-old woman who visited the food pantry gave him “a great big bear hug” before she left, said Slocomb, and told him, “Now I can go buy my medicine.”

Slocomb, and the Rev. Stephen Gallaway of the First Assembly of God Church in New Castle, both came to Dot Foods to thank the company for donating to their food pantries.

Gallaway, whose church houses the Shepherd’s Door pantry, said many of the people who come to it are retired and have big pharmacy expenses.

“Because of donations like this from Dot Foods, they don’t have to choose between buying medicine or food,” Gallaway said.

Dot Foods awarded four food pantries $5,000 worth of new food. Each pantry can choose from 127,000 products made by 930 food industry manufacturers.

Shepherd’s Door food pantry is open from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Assembly of God Church, 3600 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle. God’s Grain Bin is located at 1623 Vine St. and is open from 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.

Along with the two food pantries in New Castle, the company awarded food to the Calvary Baptist Church food pantry in Connersville and the Gateway Hunger Relief Center in Richmond.

A committee of local Dot Foods employees selected four food pantries in the area to receive donations, according to Randy Templin, general manager at the Cambridge City location.

“We want to give back to our communities,” said Templin, noting that Dot Foods is a third-generation family-owned business. The company has 11 food redistribution centers and, together, they are making $250,000 in donations to food pantries this year.

The local plant’s charitable gifts committee includes Rinda Kieffer, human resources manager; Jennifer Moistner, human resources coordinator; Ashley Mays, driver recruiter; and Steve Finch, warehouse specialist.

Through Dot Transportation Inc., Dot Foods distributes food service, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and other countries.