Virginia Schrantz, known locally as Miss Virginia, had an open-door policy for those in need. A food pantry named in her honor operates out of Schrantz’s former residence at 1312 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne.
Fruit, vegetables, grains, and meats are distributed to the needy from the food pantry as part of the agency's Balanced and Nutritional Food Program (BNFP).
Greg Witte, executive director of the pantry since 2019, said he attended a seminar at Purdue Fort Wayne on food deserts. “They touched on community gardens and my thoughts at the time were to look at the possibilities for Miss Virginia to have something small,” he said.