Vandalism at the Jennings Memorial Park in Masury prompted a call for neighbors to be vigilant, while a separate free food pantry also in the neighborhood has been removed because of waste and littering.
Someone broke the door glass out of the free library in Jennings Park, damaged the shelf that holds books and wrote graffiti on it, said township Trustee Dan Suttles.
Suttles has covered the graffiti and installed a new shelf. He said he is looking for Plexiglass for the door.
“If you get a chance and you see anything like that that happens, stop it,” he asked residents at the June 6 trustees meeting. “Let’s try to take care of that. It’s a nice thing that we have.”
The free food pantry at Mohney’s Heating and Cooling on Second Street, which has been stocked by Brookfield United Methodist Church, has been removed. Pastor Dick Smith said a group of kids had been coming to the pantry, removing items and throwing food on the ground.
The church had made sure there were snacks for the kids at the pantry, he said.
Mohney’s has a security camera directed at the pantry and church officials know who was causing the damage.
“Their thought was, let’s pull it for a while,” Smith said of the Mohney family.
A sign on the side of the building directs people to the free food pantry at the church in Brookfield Center. There have been no problems with that free food pantry as mostly adults access it, Smith said.
The Grove Street church also provides food to families from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of the month, attracting 80 to 100 families each month.
“Our outdoor pantry isn’t near as important as what we do monthly,” he said.
For information on the church’s food program, call 330-448-1001.
Other local food pantry giveaway days:
- Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 8148 Ulp St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturday of the month. Information: 330-448-6731.
- Salvation Army at Living Waters Community Church, 7382 Stewart Sharon Road, 10 a.m. to noon fourth Friday. Information: 330-568-8033.
- Hartford Community Church Food Ministry, 8 to 10 a.m. third Saturday, 3334 Route 7, Hartford. Call 330-717-2851 to register. Brookfield Senior Citizens Van will deliver within Brookfield and Masury; call 330-448-4500 to set up delivery.
A free food pantry also is available at the office of Dr. Joseph Fonagy, 7159 Warren Sharon Road.