Marion-Sterling School Food Pantry Needs Our Help


Food For Families Perishable Item DonationsMany Trinity folks remember when we first began our hunger ministry at Marion-Sterling School in 2011—back then, the program was called “Blessings in a Backpack.” We collected non-perishable foods to help provide weekend nutrition for vulnerable students and their families.

Four years ago, we transitioned the backpack program into a “mobile food pantry” called Food for Families, distributing fresh produce from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to all Marion-Sterling familiesFor a while, through a grant, all the area school food pantries received some non-perishable staples to supplement the fresh produce. That grant is no longer available, and our neighborhood families still need those staple items. We will continue to seek additional sources of revenue to help support this program. For now, we are asking our members to help provide canned and boxed goods for the pantry. We are grateful to also be receiving support from our program partners, St. Hubert’s Episcopal Church, Kirtland Hills and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.

On Sundays, we will have our shopping cart in the Promenade to gather selected items (see sidebar). When you’re at the store, please pick up a few extra cans/boxes of food. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation to support the program, put your cash or check in an envelope marked “Food for Families,” and add it to the offering plate. You can also donate online by visiting the “Donate Now” link below. If you have any questions, contact Food for Families program coordinator Dale Murphy, or Ginger Bitikofer at 216-774-0407.


Collection Wish List

  • Chicken Noodle or with Stars Soup (10.5 oz. can)
  • Tomato Soup (10.5 oz. can)
  • Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz. can)
  • Kidney Beans (15 oz. can)
  • Black Beans (15 oz. can)
  • Corn (14.5 oz. can)
  • Green Beans (14.5 oz. can)
  • Any Greens (Collards, Spinach, etc.) (14.5 oz can)
  • Pork and Beans (14.5 oz. can)
  • Mac and Cheese (7.25 oz. box)
  • Rice (15 oz. box)
  • Box of Oatmeal packets
  • Corn Flakes or Cheerios (standard size box – around 18 oz. or 500 g)
  • Pasta Sauce (24 oz. plastic jar)
  • Peanut Butter (18 oz. plastic jar)
  • Jelly: Strawberry or Grape (18 oz. plastic jar)