Strait On: Community Pantry does more than feed the community

Photo courtesy of Rusty StraitRusty Strait. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter As a country kid growing up in West Virginia, pantry meant a small (sometimes large) room off the kitchen where grandma stored mountains of mason jars chock full of vegetables and fruits she canned during the summer, and which we devoured with great relish during the bare winter months. Dill pickles and sauerkraut were stored in kegs in an outside cellar. That was then. Now is now. Community Pantry is located on the northwest corner of San Jacinto Street and Oakland Avenue, and it truly serves our expansive valley, including Lakeview, Winchester, Homeland, Nuevo, Hemet, San Jacinto, Idyllwild,

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