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GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) — The team members at GRIN, or Gahanna Residents In Need, have been very busy.
In just the past 2 years they have seen their client base grow 80%, last year alone serving more than 19,000 meals.
Stocking the shelves each week takes some work, and plenty of generous donations.
The pantry has been working with Meijer stores through a program called Simply Give. For every food card purchased, the company makes a matching donation. On certain days, that donation is doubled.
In the last quarter of 2015, the company gave GRIN their largest amount ever, thousands of dollars.
The money was earmarked to purchase food to replenish the pantry.
Recently, when executive director Brenda Johnston went to get the cards from the pantry, she discovered the cards were missing.
Staff members looked everywhere, but they couldn’t be found.
When they called to put a hold on the cards, they discovered the cards had already been redeemed.
“I was devastated, how could someone take something from someone that is trying to help others,” said Johnston.
Gahanna Police are working with the organization to find who is responsible.
Some who have heard about the thefts have already reached out to GRIN to try and help fill in the gaps left behind by what was lost.
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