(2013 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
(2013 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
House of Hope, Jefferson County's faith-based food pantry, is participating in a nationwide drive that could bring thousands of dollars into the pantry.

The Feinstein Challenge, a program of the Feinstein Foundation, will match monetary donations dollar-for-dollar and give $1 for every pound of food donated at the House of Hope pantry through April 30. The Feinstein Foundation will contribute up to $1 million, with a maximum of $35,000 going to any one agency.

Anna Andreasen, vice president of House of Hope board, announced the drive at the monthly Clearinghouse planning meeting Tuesday.

Donations of food or supplies to House of Hope can be made at the pantry on Monday or Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. House of Hope is located at the rear of the Clearinghouse Project building, 100 E. Second St.

In other business:

• The Summer Meals Program, which provides free lunches to area children sponsored by Gleaners Food Bank, will run from June 2 - July 31. The start date is contingent on when school is dismissed for the summer.

This is the third year for the program. Last year, organizers began delivering the food to different locations, instead of having host sites in Madison and Hanover.

Southwestern Schools has already offered to provide buses for the program, but organizers are still in talks with Madison Consolidated Schools. If Madison decides to not participate, organizers will look toward local churches for transportation.

• Molly Dodge, Clearinghouse coordinator, said construction crews are working on the exterior and interior of the Clearinghouse building. Inside, workers continue to paint, as well as install dry-wall and linoleum flooring.

Dodge said the May move-in date for the Clearinghouse is still in place.

Jan Vetrhus, who serves on the LifeSpring board of directors, asked organizers to reach out to local artists willing to donate artwork to help decorate the inside of the building, especially for the West Street view.

• Clearinghouse organizers announced that Trilogy Health Services will begin offering free transportation for seniors to House of Hope on the last Tuesday of each month. Catch-A-Ride does not offer services during that time.

Riders should meet at the Hanover Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m.