Santa Rosa food pantry celebrates 15 years of doing God’s work

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Fifteen years have passed since the menace of hunger in Sonoma County spurred to action the congregations of a Jewish synagogue and a Methodist church that shared a sacred space in Santa Rosa.

Elisha’s Pantry was created in July of 2005 alongside the Yulupa Avenue sanctuary shared at the time by Congregation Shomrei Torah and Christ Church United Methodist. Soon, members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church joined in, donating dollars and volunteer hours to the food pantry named for the prophet credited with miracles that included feeding more than 2,000 disciples with just 20 loaves of barley bread and some ears of corn.

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