Sandusky County Food Pantry seeing greater need during pandemic

FREMONT – Larry Faist always tries to keep the Sandusky County Food Pantry well-stocked with food orders.



a man standing in a kitchen preparing food: Sandusky County Food Pantry President Larry Faist loads up a box with food for one of the county's residents Wednesday at the food pantry's Bidwell Avenue location. The food pantry has seen an increased demand and a high amount of referrals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Sandusky County Food Pantry President Larry Faist loads up a box with food for one of the county’s residents Wednesday at the food pantry’s Bidwell Avenue location. The food pantry has seen an increased demand and a high amount of referrals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s become an increased challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, owing partly to difficulties in getting food orders from normally reliable grocery stores, combined with heightened demand from the county’s neediest residents.

Faist, the food pantry’s purchasing agent, usually does the bulk buying for the pantry.

He used to get a lot of food that the pantry ordered from Kroger and Aldi.

Recently, he’s placed orders for cases of rice, corn and green beans that haven’t shown up for weeks.

“They just

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