Ten years ago, Louise Miller saw a need in the community, and with $35.00 and a box of index cards, she started the Willoughby Food Pantry in the basement of the Willoughby United Methodist Church. Today the pantry provides food to needy families year round and during the holidays provides care boxes to more than 200 families. Louise works hard finding support in the community to keep the pantry going, volunteering countless hours.
Louise Miller also helps to meet the other basic needs of these families including locating clothing, shelter, and financial aid. She has a special place in her heart and in her work for the homeless, families with AIDS, and children.
Louise Miller has been the director of the Food Pantry for 11 years, starting it when she was 70 years old.
Throughout her work is a consistent theme…Family. Whether it be her own or families she helps through her work, Louise Miller is tireless in her efforts to help them make it through the rough times and get back on their feet. It doesn’t take much to put a family in crisis: the loss of a job or a serious illness without medical coverage. Louise Miller works to cover the basics while maintaining the hope and dignity of the family. She has touched the lives of hundreds of people, both young and old, but all had one thing in common, they needed help and Louise Miller was there to answer their call.