Popular Food Pantry Closing This Summer

The Bushkill Outreach serves 1,200 clients

BUSHKILL, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Between Karen Baranow's heart condition, her husband's cancer, and their daughter's disability, medical bills have piled up.

"It's been a lot," she sighs.

Thanks to the Bushkill Outreach, Karen puts fresh food on her table each week.

"It's been a godsend," Karen smiles.

The pantry started in 1978 as a social club. When the need started growing, so did Bushkill Outreach. Today, it operates from a historic former church in the National Park. Each month, the organization serves 1,200 clients from Monroe and Pike Counties.

"It serves as a basic need where they get their food and clothing and see familiar faces over the years," says Christine Guarnaccio, Bushkill Outreach Board Member.

But the Pantry announced it's closing for good this summer.

"Definetly going to be missed by all of the community around here because a lot of people depend upon the Outreach," Karen Baranow says.

Pantry board members won't say much about the decision, but stress it's not financial-related.

"Bushkill Outreach is healthy, it's doing well, and we're able to hand it off as a good mission," explains Kate Newman, Bushkill Outreach Board Member.

Clients will be re-directed to a small but growing pantry at Light of the World Church in Minisink Hills. It's about a 20 minute drive.

Some worry they can't make the longer commute to the new location.

"This is so close that it's a shame it's closing," Baranow adds.

But until then, the Bushkill Outreach will continue providing full bags and hearts to those needing it most.

The Pantry officially closes August 31st. There's plans to offer a second alternate pantry location, but details are still in the works.

There's no word what the National Park Service has in store for the historic Church.

 


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