Girl Scouts Make Donation to Pastor’s Pantry

Girl Scout Troops 2125 and 2126 from First United Methodist Church in Lexington became the newest “business” sponsors Monday for this Saturday’Pack A Pickup food drive by giving 50 boxes of Girl Scout cookies plus additional collected food to Pastor’s Pantry.  Katie Hodges, 8, daughter of Rachel Hodges, a troop leader, won a drawing for the cookies and decided to donate them to Pack A Pickup.  For the donation, troop members received free car wash coupons from Sam’s Car Wash to give their parents.

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Thank you PPG!

PPG Industries has been a wonderfully supportive partner of Pastor’s Pantry for years. In yet another example, on June 24 PPG’s Lexington plant presented the pantry with a $2,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation. At PPG for the presentation were (left to right) PPG engineer Jeff Garrett, who serves as secretary of the pantry’s Board of Directors; new PPG Lexington plant manager Jeff Smith (presenting the check); Pastor’s Pantry executive director Bill Keesler (receiving the check); and PPG retiree Phil Mickey, who since late 2011 has worked as pantry coordinator at Pastor’s Pantry.

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Then on Saturday, July 12, PPG volunteers staffed the Food Donation Station at the Lexington Farmers Market. Pictured from left to right are Engineer Nathan Houser, Judy LeCroy, new PPG retiree Tere Wagner and Brian McIlwain, Human Resources Director. Nathan and Brian took the 8:00-10:00 am shift and Judy and Tere worked from 10:00 am until noon.

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Thank you again, PPG!!

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help staff a new Food Donation Station on Saturday mornings at the Lexington Farmers Market, starting July 12, 2014.

                                              Lexington Farmer’s Market
                                                 129 S. Railroad Street
                                                 Lexington, NC  27292
                                         (Across from Southern Lunch)

In two-hour shifts (8 to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to noon), volunteers at the Donation Station will accept food donations to Pastor’s Pantry and the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry from Farmers Market shoppers and vendors. Grace Church is also supplying volunteers.

The Donation Station is designed to increase food supplies for the two pantries and provide healthy, locally grown food for their clients, but also to help local farmers sell more produce. Shoppers will be able to buy extra produce at the Farmers Market and bring it to the Donation Station for the two food pantries. Any financial donations received during the market will be used to buy more produce. Vendors will be able to continue their current practice of donating surplus food to the pantries at the end of the market day.

Pastor’s Pantry would be grateful for however much time volunteers are able to give – from a single shift on a single Saturday to multiple shifts on multiple Saturdays. The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday through early October. If interested, please contact us!