The Honesdale Community Pantry, which has occupied the first floor of the Foster Building on Court Street in Honesdale for the past two decades, is in need of a new home.


The Honesdale Community Pantry, which has occupied the first floor of the Foster Building on Court Street in Honesdale for the past two decades, is in need of a new home.

Board member Betty Bodie says they received notice from the Wayne County Commissioners last week that the building was deemed unsafe for occupancy.
“Our county engineer has reviewed the building and said it’s not feasible to repair the building to bring it up to occupancy standards,” said Wayne County Commissioner Tony Herzog.

Bodie said they’ve been given until September 15th to relocate.

“We’re looking for a new home, if anybody has any ideas,” she said.

In existence since 1982, the Honesdale Community Pantry started out in the Grace Episcopal Parish House before moving to its current location. An emergency pantry, they faithfully served Wayne County residents in need. They served 82 people in March and 76 in April.

Bodie is hoping someone will come forward with a free space for them to utilize.

“We honestly can’t afford a rent. We spend up to $1,000 a month based on the number of clients served. We need (the money) for the groceries,” Bodie said.

“We’ve looked at all of the county facilities and have no other place to put them,” Herzog said. “They certainly perform a worthwhile service; the community needs them.”

Anyone with suggestions may contact Betty Bodie at 253-3142 or Marilyn Barbe at 729-7312.