We are currently providing groceries for more than 1,000 individuals each month – a new record for us. Because of this increase in the number of individuals we serve, we have moved to a new category with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC which will enable us to receive more free food from The Emergency Food Assistance Program to feed our hungry neighbors. This free food will be distributed not only to our senior adult client families, but also to others who come to us in need of emergency assistance. On Monday, we made our first trip to SHFB as a member of this new category. We needed 2 vehicles and extra volunteers to bring everything back to Pastor’s Pantry! Thanks to Richard Perryman for bringing his SUV and trailer, Gary Owens for driving his pickup truck, Tom Hart, Charles Brockwell and Pantry Assistant Jim Deal for their help in loading and unloading the groceries! In all, we received 6,369 pounds of food — at least a ton more than usual. We truly appreciate these hard-working volunteers for all of their help each week!
As many of you know, Pastor’s Pantry receives some of its funding through United Way of Davidson County and we are also a Pacesetter Agency, which simply means that we have agreed to help “jump start” the new fundraising campaign by completing our own in-house United Way campaign during the month of August.
We know that many of you contribute to United Way through your employers. But if others are looking for a home from which to make contributions to United Way of Davidson County, we would welcome your participation in our campaign! We can provide donation forms for you and our drive must be completed before August 26th.
Also, as part of the United Way’s Week of Caring, which is September 2-5, Pastor’s Pantry is collecting school supplies for two other United Way organizations in our county – Communities in Schools of Thomasville and Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. Both CIS organizations provide free school supplies for needy students in Davidson County. We have a box in the office at Pastor’s Pantry designated for school supply donations, if you’d like to contribute to our collection effort.
For the Week of Caring, some other businesses and organizations will be collecting food for Pastor’s Pantry, so this truly is a week of caring and sharing.
What a great way to kick off the 2015 United Way campaign!