In the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, several ladies in the Faith United Methodist Church in Greenfield began an emergency food box program to assist families in need. In the Fall of 1992, the local Greenfield Ministerial Association learned that the need for the local emergency food box program was growing and began assisting these ladies in this endeavor.
In April 1993, the official Hancock County Food Pantry was launched and for a time, it operated under the non-profit umbrella of the First Church of God, Greenfield. In May of 1994, the Pantry was incorporated and non-profit status was secured in 1995.
Since the beginning in a small closet at Faith United Methodist Church, the Food Pantry has moved to several locations in the Greenfield area. As the client base grew, so did the requirement for more space. In 1999, the Pantry began a partnership with the Hancock Hope House to serve people’s basic needs for shelter and food. By 2009, the Pantry had outgrown its space next to the Hope House Thrift Store. The Pantry moved to its current location at 741 ½ South State Road 9, Greenfield in the Spring of 2009.
Our current Pantry location has approximately 4,000 square feet, three walk-in freezers, two walk-in coolers, and several other upright refrigerators and freezers. During 2013, the Pantry averaged 649 families each month.
The Pantry is a 100% volunteer-based organization. No expenses are spent on personnel. All of our stocking/ordering/client-assistants/and other staff are committed volunteers who seek to help those in need.