St. Andrew, Mentor hosts a “choice” food pantry in partnership with
Advent Lutheran Church to serve residents of Lake and Geauga counties.
The pantry operates two days and two evenings per month to accommodate
varying schedules. As opposed to getting a bag of set items, guests go through
the pantry, which is organized like a grocery store, with a shopping volunteer,
choosing food. The quantity of food offered is based upon family size. Pantry
guests may shop up to four times per month. Whenever they visit, guests are
offered options that include proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, fresh produce,
and dairy products. During the summer of 2019, St. Andrew and Advent
Lutheran Church hosted a joint cookout/celebration with their parishioners
and pantry guests to recognize 10 years of the pantry partnership between
the two churches. Since 2013, approximately 30,000 households have been
served by the St. Andrew Choice Food Pantry.