Sharing Center FAQ

Q: I have food leftover from a party.  Can I donate what’s left to the Sharing Center?

A: St. Paul follows food safety rules that limit the kinds of donations we are able to accept.  Any item that has already been opened or partially eaten cannot be received.  Food that is still individually wrapped is ok.  Refrigerated space is limited, so depending on what we have from week to week may change the amount of perishable items we can accept.  Please ask by contacting the church office at 330-239-1340.

Q: Do you accept donations other than food?

A: The Sharing Center accepts personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodrant, shampoo, and soap; school supplies in August; mittens, gloves, and hats in the winter months; and household supplies like laundry soap, dish detergent, and paper products.  We do not have sufficient space for other clothing or household items.

Q: Giving people food isn’t a lasting solution to the problem of hunger.  Isn’t there something we can do to address the causes of hunger? 

A: Yes.  The Sharing Center is a ministry of mercy–sharing Jesus’ love through feeding hungry families–but it is also important to balance acts of mercy with acts of justice–speaking out to make the world a place where all people have what they need to be healthy.  Learn more about advocacy, and check out Bread For The World.  If you want to help with world hunger, click here.

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