Deacon’S Closet Open For Decades



In the article, “Food bank volunteer lends shelving skills,” on page 6A of the Dec. 3 edition of the Payson Roundup, I was surprised to read that the “Presbyterian Church food bank opened its doors only two years ago.” Perhaps as an official “food bank” that is true.

However, the Community Presbyterian Church maintained a “Deacon’s closet” for decades, stocked by donations from generous church members and attendees, from which thousands of gifts of food and funds were distributed to people in the Payson area and to travelers passing through who suffered a misfortune.

It may not have been an official food bank, but it helped feed, clothe, shelter, and provide utilities, medications, car care, and other needs for many.

Given that this is the year of their 75th anniversary celebration, the church does itself a disservice not to acknowledge the many years of community support and care provided by previous members such as Ruth Stafford, who never met anyone she did not love and want to help, and Ted and Vondaleen Thal, who were small in stature but bore huge kind hearts, and so many other good souls before and after them in the life of the church.

Yes, I understand the article was about Robert Tarallo and his good work; I’m just saying that the church offered food bank services (and more) for a lot longer than the past two years.

Nancy Holcombe


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