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Ann’s Pantry receives $500 donation

Harlan Walmart Store Manager Paul Meister presented a check of $500 to organizers of Ann’s Pantry on Thursday. The check is a part of a grant given to support community organizations, such as the pantry.

Ann’s Pantry was formed in honor of Harlan United Methodist Church member and teacher Elizabeth Ann Turner Heck, who died of cancer in 2014. Heck was an active member of the church up until her death. The pantry is located inside the church in her memory.

Since the middle of June, Ann’s Pantry has helped more than 400 individuals of various backgrounds, but donations are always needed.

Organizer Pat Bryson explained her gratitude for Walmart and their support of the pantry saying, “Ann’s Pantry wants to thank Walmart for the generous grant awarded for food and supplies to those who need them in Harlan County.”

Bryson added “everyone is welcome” at Ann’s Pantry, stressing the important of lending a helping hand to those in need.

In an email from the Walmart Community Grants team, senior director Kabir Kumar said, “We are thrilled to support your work in our communities and share your desire to provide local impact. By receiving this grant, you are part of a long history of Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we operate.”

For more information on Ann’s Pantry, call Pat Bryson at 606-273-1301 or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731. Make checks payable to Ann’s Pantry. Those wishing to donate food items may deliver them to the Harlan United Methodist Church, located at 201 East Mound Street, Harlan, KY 40831. Ann’s Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.