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Daily Bread Center getting new home

MARTINS FERRY — The Daily Bread Center is moving into its new home today at 100 N. Zane Highway.

The food pantry has been operating out of the Martins Ferry Rec Center, a temporary home, after its former rental location was condemned by the city in 2018. Since then it has been searching for a new location to offer its food services.

The center is moving into its new building today with volunteers helping in the effort. Ruth Travis, center volunteer, said the pantry will open in its new location on Saturday. Its next produce day will be from 10 a.m. to noon April 14.

The center serves families and individuals who live in the Martins Ferry City School District. Those who need food assistance are asked to bring a photo identification and proof of residency, such as a utility bill.

“Our volunteers are kind, friendly and excited to meet and assist you,” Travis said on her social media page.

The center serves about 2,250 households and 15,795 meals per year. In addition to Saturday, upcoming pantry days will be April 17, 21 and 28. Produce is offered every Wednesday.

The Daily Bread Center was started by churches in the Martins Ferry area. It is run by a board with representatives from each church.

Fundraisers are held annually to help keep the pantry open, including a soup and luncheon event. People can also “round up” their grocery bill to the next dollar at Kroger to allow the extra change to benefit the pantry.

Travis said Tuesday that the center has a year-long lease at its new building. She said it has room to stock the shelves and space for a freezer. It also has its own parking lot.

“We were needing a new place. It was so crowded at the Rec Center. People needed room to move around,” she said.

She noted the building is also more centrally located and does not require people to climb a hill while carrying their bags and boxes of food.

“We’re looking forward to it. … I think it’s going to be good,” she said.

Travis said the center welcomes new people in need.

“You can be laid off or certain times you need a little extra help. There’s no income requirement,” she said.

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