Hosanna has developed a strong and growing ministry of outreach to individuals and families from our Rochester community who walk through our doors needing food and financial help.


An Eagle Scout project, developed by Matt Wojahn in April of 2000, was the first piece of this outreach ministry at Hosanna.  He built and decorated a small pantry that was called the Sharing and Caring Food Pantry. It sat underused for several years until a member talked with Matt and they came up with a way to add shelves and hinges so it was easier to use. Members fill the pantry with donated groceries and money has even been put in Hosanna’s budget to help during periods when the pantry becomes empty. Community members can come in as often as they need to get a bag or two of groceries to help feed their families. They usually come near the end of the month when they’ve exhausted either their food stamps or the food they receive from Channel One. Visits to Hosanna’s Sharing and Caring Food Pantry continued almost daily, with over 230 individuals coming for help with food this year. Along with the non-perishable food in the pantry, families are often given a gas voucher from the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and a frozen Susan’s Supper to take with them.