Smethport Alliance Church builds community cupboard for those in need of food

Pastor Robert Grimes of the Smethport Alliance Church stands in front of the new “community cupboard” he built and installed outside of the church on Pine Street. The cupboard was built to supply those in need with an extra source of non-perishable goods.

When Pastor Robert Grimes moved to Smethport in April from Lock Haven, he wanted to find a way the Smethport Alliance Church could better serve those in need. That’s when he and his wife, Esther, decided to build a “community cupboard” to place in front of the church as an additional supplement for those who may be in need of food.

Grimes said the idea came from a church that was doing something similar back in Lock Haven.

“We’re just a small church so there’s not a lot of things we can do right now, though we wanted to do something that would reach out to the community,” he explained.

Grimes constructed and installed the box out in front of the church, while his friend crafted a wooden sign for it which reads “Those who are hungry, take. Those in abundance, give.”

He said the church will be stocking the cupboard with non-perishable goods and hopes community members who have the means will help as well.

“It’s all free food,” Grimes said. “The community is welcome to take what they need and we hope members of the community will help us keep it stocked.”

As of this weekend, the cupboard has been installed in front of the church, located at 202 Pine St., and is now ready for use.