Who’s the pastor? There isn’t one! Not any longer, anyway.
Our nonprofit was founded in 1974 as volunteer crisis intervention organization. Around 2000, the organization decided to transition to a new mission to better meet the community’s needs. Since nutrition services for seniors were identified as a great need in Davidson County, the organization decided to start a food pantry. The new organization’s first executive director, Beverly Fulbright, was an ordained minister, thus Pastor’s Pantry was born.
We decided to keep the name even after Dr. Fulbright left the organization, because we had become well-know by that name in the community.
While we are blessed with the support of many churches and communities of faith, we are not a religious organization. Religion plays no part in our criteria for accepting or serving clients.
Pastor’s Pantry is a nonprofit food pantry with religious affiliation that targets senior hunger. Our main focus is seniors (age 60-plus) in financial crisis in Davidson County, North Carolina. We provide groceries for seniors in need once per month, and we also provide emergency food to individuals of all ages. Most seniors receive 7-8 plastic grocery bags of food each month, which generally lasts about 10 days. Many of these seniors live with younger relatives in their households, so the number of people we serve is greater than the number of seniors who apply for help. We also assist individuals of all ages in need of emergency food.
Pastor’s Pantry currently helps more than 1,200 individuals on average per month in over 600 households throughout Davidson County. The food is offered at no cost to the recipient.
Where the Food Comes From
The groceries come from donations from individuals, groups, churches, and organizations who host food drives and collect food for us, as well as from daily salvage contributions from Food Lion, Sav-A-Lot and Wal-Mart. The remaining food we need to fulfill requests comes from Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem through a shared maintenance program where $1 will secure $12 worth of food, and from Lexington grocer Conrad & Hinkle and other sources at the best prices we can find. Farmers who participate in the Farmer’s Market at the Depot and local gardeners supply us with produce, as it is available.
We are funded by United Way, churches, local businesses, other groups and organizations, individuals, grants, and fundraising activities.
How to Contact Us
Pastor’s Pantry is located at 307 North State Street, Lexington, NC. Our business hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2051, Lexington, NC 27293
Donations may be made by USPS mail to our post office box, in person, by phone or on our website via PayPal.
We can accept cash, checks, or credit cards in the office.
MEET OUR TEAM
Donna Mashburn, Executive Director
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Jennifer Davis, Marketing Coordinator
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Sandra Wilson, Assistant Treasurer
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Greg Briggs, Pantry Coordinator
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Sandra Hiatt, Pantry Assistant Extension 324
Ricky Loflin, Pantry Helper Extension 324
We are also blessed with a wonderful team of 100+ volunteers!
Our Board of Directors:
Mike Turlington, President
Thomas Penninger, Vice President
Tina Royal, Secretary
Jerrie Leonard, Treasurer