|Ladd retires from food pantry|
By JIM LANGHAM
Former Wayne Trace school superintendent John Ladd sits in the comfort of his country home these days and admires the cardinals flying in and out of his bird feeder. He talks about the regular visits of herds of deer to his yard which is surrounded by a large stand of trees. He is planning already on planting more trees next spring, although he pointed out that cardinals do a fine job of planting trees on their own.
It is that country spread, plus a desire to spend more time with his family, that has motivated Ladd to retire from his vigorous involvement with the food pantry that has a successful ministry under the umbrella of the Grover Hill Area Ministerial Association.
Eleven churches in the association, which includes churches in southern Paulding and northern Van Wert counties, distributed $13,693.57 worth of food and family related goods in 2010. The food was strictly distributed on the basis of volunteer giving and labor. There were no expenses involved to the ministry.
“We received 52,129 pounds of merchandise from the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima,” said Ladd. “We purchased that food in Lima. That doesn’t count other food drives from Wayne Trace High School, which donated 1,600 items at Christmas.”
Ladd said that other support came from places such as the post office, Scouts, Central Mutual in Van Wert, Spartech in Paulding and Grover Hill grade school. He noted that there is always substantial support from churches in the alliance; support also comes from the Apostolic Christian Church.
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