Could it be that one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to find a worthwhile volunteer opportunity for 2015? If so, we may be able to help! Pastor’s Pantry needs volunteers and we could particularly use help on Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00. If you would be interested in stocking shelves in the warehouse, selecting food from our shelves that will then be bagged for our clients (we call that “shopping”), or loading groceries in cars for clients, please contact us! We currently have a few volunteers who come in one day each week for a couple of hours to help with these things and we couldn’t get along without them – if you have questions or would like to sign up we’d love to hear from you!
The Pastor’s Pantry Faith Food Partners program is an easy and convenient option for any group or organization that would like to “faith-fully” collect and donate a specific food item each month.
Here’s how the program works: A specific food item is collected throughout the month, then it is delivered to the Pantry (or we can pick it up) at the end of each month. WE provide a schedule showing which item is to be collected each month and this schedule is displayed on the collection boxes. If you need collection boxes, we are happy to provide those, too. YOU promote awareness of the Faith Food Partners program and find a visible home for the collection boxes.
This program helps keep our shelves stocked with food staples that are always desperately needed and appreciated by the clients we serve. We happily accept donations of any size – no quantity is too small!
Our 2014 Faith Food Partners were: Mt. Tabor United Church of Christ, Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, Beulah United Church of Christ, Jersey Baptist Church (Women’s Missionary Union), Grace Episcopal Church, Memorial United Church of Christ (Women’s Guild), New Life Baptist Church, Delta Sigma Theta, First Lutheran Church and Lexington Community Ministers Conference. And several of these organizations have already recommitted for 2015!
Currently, Pastor’s Pantry serves over 600 families throughout the county each month, and the need for our services is growing. If we were able to collect at least 600 of one specific item in a given month, it would mean that we could provide one of those items for almost all of the families we serve that month — that’s a big deal to us and to those who are hungry!
Please consider partnering with us! Our Faith Food Partners program represents a tangible way for any group, organization, business or individual to directly help needy families in our local communities. If you would like to discuss this local outreach opportunity or if you’d like for us to provide you with a monthly food collection schedule, we would love to speak with you!
Many thanks to Kathryn Kilpatrick who recently shared several hand-crocheted scarves with Pastor’s Pantry for our senior adult clients. These scarves are beautiful and will surely be appreciated by the individuals who receive them. Thank you so much, Kathryn, for sharing your talents with those in need!