Church opens Two Fish Food Market

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The Port St. Joe United Methodist Church has opened its Two Fish Food Market, a ministry to help battle food insecurity.

Following a grand opening two weeks ago, the location at 212 Williams Avenue offers free food for members who qualify based on their income.

Members can shop every other week for items they choose, including meats, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nonperishable items.

Pastor Geoffrey Lentz said the market, as well as the Methodist Care Closet next door, got a major boost with funding from Jesse Ball duPont Fund.

“Our programs had been homeless since the storm and now we’re back in a building of our own as we rebuild,” he said.

Food for the market comes from Second Harvest, as well as donations from the community, and surplus groceries from local stores.

Hours for the market are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the longstanding Care Closet, which opened in 1997 after the paper mill closed, continues to offer clothing for a low cost. Most items are 50 cents, with designer items $5.

The location at 214 Williams Avenue is open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call the church at 850-227-1724.

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