SPRINGFIELD, Ore -- The Shepherd's Table at St. John's is set to officially reopen after an unfortunate accident that shut it down.
The Shepherd's Table food pantry started in 2013 in a modular trailer, but a plumbing accident closed it down. A St. John's church member applied for a grant and was awarded $25,000 from the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon to build a permanent food pantry.
Each month, The Shepherd's Table feeds about 180 people, many of them families with children.
"In our older pantry, we served probably close to the same number. It just took more time. We only had one or two people in the food pantry at a time. Now, we can have three or four people at a time shopping," said Penelope McKibben, The Shepherd's Table food pantry manager.
The Shepherd's Table is one of 30 emergency food panties supplemented by Food for Lane County. These pantries provide a variety of fresh and shelf-stable groceries to low-income families and individuals.
The Shepherd's Table is open on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 2537 Game Farm Road in Springfield.
Bishop Michael Hanley of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon is scheduled to bless the food pantry on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.