Jesse Lee Church is pleased to announce that a new community pantry has been installed at its campus on Main Street in the heart of Ridgefield, CT.
It is a “give and take” pantry. People who have non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies they would like to donate are encouraged to leave them in the pantry and those who might use these items are encouraged to pick up what they need. The Jesse Lee Church Community Pantry is located at 207 Main Street, under the bridge that connects the church and Wesley Manor and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee Church to donate or take food and supplies from this pantry.
The idea for the Community Cupboard was inspired by 11-year-old Ruby Weiner. During the pandemic, Ruby and her mother brought food to fill the pantry at St. Stephen’s Church. The next day, when they passed by, the pantry was empty again. Ruby asked her mother what had happened to all the food they had put in there the night before. Her mother explained that times are tough and people collect food when they need it.
This motivated Ruby to apply for and receive a $ 500 grant from Sodexo to create more Community Cupboard pantries in the city. She contacted Clark Construction to see if they would use her grant money to build more pantries. They didn’t want to take the money, but they built five more community cabinets free of charge and they were installed all over town.
Steven Medearis, member of the Jesse Lee Church, was so inspired by Ruby’s passion to help where it was needed that he coordinated the effort to install a community closet for Jesse Lee.
“Seeing an 11-year-old girl make such a difference in the lives of others made us want to join her efforts,” explained Medearis. “We hope the Ridgefielders will join in participating in the Community Pantry donations and receptions so we can make things a little easier as we all work through what we hope will be the end of the COVID pandemic.” -19. “
The community cupboard at Jesse Lee Church was dedicated in May to Ron Lee, Methodist pastor for 55 years and stepfather of Matt Medearis (Steven’s husband). Since Ron was 17, he has felt called to be a pastor and he has dedicated his entire life to preaching and helping others. He is a fine example of someone who lives his life as a beacon of God’s light, dedicated to bringing hope and healing to people. Jesse Lee Church is honored to dedicate this community closet to Ron’s legacy.
Call 203.438.8791 for more information.