Shortly after shelter in place orders were announced in California, Glenna Eady, a case manager for Adventist Health, approached Paradise church Director of Development and Disaster Recovery Joelle Chinnock with the desire to join forces to address food insecurity in the Paradise community. The goal was a fresh produce pantry. The project started with contacting the four food pantries in Paradise to learn how they worked and what they need—two of the essential resources being money and reliable sources for food. Chinnock started at step one, and received $15,000 from three grants and a $30,000 donation from Adventist Health. Eady explored refrigeration from Adventist Health. With shelter in place, a permanent location, sources of food and committed volunteers, a fresh food pantry seemed impossible. Now, their work was to wait on God.
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