The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse
In the spring of 1976, Ken Cable, Director of the Council of Churches, Beth Coleman, a nutritionist, Bill Leighton from Catholic Charities and Marion Schick, chair of the Community Affairs committee of the Council, met in Ken’s office to discuss setting up a warehouse so the pantries who were serving their various communities by giving food to needy families would have a central place to get food for their pantries. Ken contacted the Akel brothers who owned the local Giant Markets and they agreed to sell the Council food at wholesale prices. Also, Ken contacted West Presbyterian Church and they agreed to let the Council use the basement of the carriage house to store the food. That was the start of the first warehouse. Scoville Ford donated the first van so food could be delivered to the pantries. Catholic Charities paid for the gasoline the van used for the first year. Belknap Lumber donated the shelving for the warehouse. Ken raised the first five hundred dollars to buy food from individuals, churches and businesses. The warehouse started operations in the fall of 1976. Grace Cable and Marion Schick volunteered to run the warehouse and they ordered the food, put it on the shelves and filled the orders from the pantries. A driver for the van and another man loaded the food into the van and delivered the orders to the various pantries. George Richards was one of the first men hired to work for CHOW®.