CANNON BEACH -- The Cannon Beach food pantry will open a month later than originally planned, but several volunteers have been appointed to run the pantry when it is opened.

Originally scheduled to open WednesdayMarch 18, the pantry will now start providing emergency food boxes to Cannon Beach and Arch Cape residents on April 15 at the Cannon Beach Bible Church.

Nancy Giasson, who initiated the effort to begin a pantry in Cannon Beach, said remodeling the space for the pantry is continuing. Once that is finished, the food needs to be stored there, procedures must be developed and volunteers have to be trained.

The delay also will enable the pantry's volunteers to participate in other community activities during Easter week, Giasson said.

"We felt April 15 would be the best date, the most reliable date and the most effective date to reach the most people," she added.

The pantry will be open once a month, from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays during the start-up, said Giasson, who expects about 100 people will receive food boxes. Eventually, volunteers may make deliveries to homebound residents, and a shuttle may be available, she said.

Cannon Beach resident Molly Edison will become the volunteer manager of the food pantry. She will continue to be assisted by Kristin Frost Albrecht, the city's farmers market manager, who has helped to organize the pantry.

Other volunteers taking leadership roles in the pantry's operations will be Barb Windholz, fundraising; Kathy LeDuc and Sharon Stewart, food acquisition; Bill Brehm, facility manager; and Diane Zimmerman, administrative support.

Others who have helped with the pantry's set-up include Robin Lappin, Sharon Graver, Marlene Laws, Maxine Horn, Darlene Harbison and Jenee Pearce. Sunnell Plumbing & Mechanical Inc. donated plumbing services and Halo Electric Inc. provided electrical connections.

The food pantry has $5,000 in reserve with the Clatsop County Regional Food Bank, enough to buy supplies from the food bank's distribution center for about five months, Giasson said. But donations are critical to the pantry's success, she added.

Buckets to collect canned food have been placed at several businesses in Cannon Beach. Monetary donations also are being accepted. Checks can be made out to Cannon Beach Community Food Systems or to the Cannon Beach Community Presbyterian Church, which is acting as the pantry's administration and communications center. The church's mailing address is P.O. Box 37, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, or donations can be dropped off at the church, 132 E. Washington St.

Canned food donations can be made to the Cannon Beach Library through the library's "food for fines" program, which runs through March. Library members can bring in nonperishable food along with their overdue books, and their dues will be forgiven.

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