The idea began with the desire to help our neighbors who were struggling to put food on the table during these tough times. How could we help? What could we do? What was the best way to get started? Word spread, the idea grew and a group of concerned residents came together and decided it was time to act. After months of planning, hard work and generous support, the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard was born!
NGCC officially opened on February 27, 2012 in the storage area behind Isaac Mills Bakery on Nelson Circle. It was the first established community food pantry consistently serving all of the Garrettsville/Freedom Twp/Nelson Twp region. The response from both supporters and clients was overwhelming and we quickly realized a larger facility would be needed soon.
In November of 2013 we made our big move to downtown Garrettsville! Our new location
provided us with more space, better parking, handicap access and greater visibility to the
community. We were able to not only expand the number of families we could serve but
also increase the amount of food given to each family.
Unfortunately, we were only in our downtown location for 4 months when the fire that
devastated Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block occurred. We, like our neighbors, lost everything.
We were down, but definitely not out! Once again the community stepped up and NGCC
received overwhelming support in the weeks and months following the fire. Thanks to a lot
of hard work and donations from all over northeastern Ohio, we were able to re-open our
doors in a temporary location just two weeks after the fire!
The outpouring of support we received in the aftermath of the fire enabled us to expand once again. Since our humble beginning in 2012, we have tripled in size and operated out of 4 different locations. Now we are able to help even more area families with both grocery staples and perishable goods with the addition of our grocery store voucher program. Our monthly SnackPack Program in the JAG School District is in its fourth year and is a huge success. Our dedicated team of volunteers serve an average of 95 households (approx. 200 residents) every month.
The future looks bright for NGCC as we strive to increase our positive impact on the community with new programs and services to help our neighbors in need. We truly
believe that together, we can Shut The Door On Hunger in our community!