Braided loaf of bread on a folded cloth napkin on a stained wooden table

History & Vision


At The Pantry our vision is to provide holistic aid to our neighbors in need, supplying them with the food and personal care items that they desperately need now, as well as tools of empowerment, through education and one-on-one case management. Our goal is to equip our neighbors to transform their own lives – body, mind & soul – in the long-term.

Our Story

The Pantry started as a ministry of the John Knox Presbyterian Church in 1985 in response to growing community needs. As the Pantry continued to grow, we joined the Access Pantry Network in 1991 and finally incorporated as a separate 501c3 in 2014. We are one of the largest pantries in Kent County, covering a 45 square mile area in the southern portion of the county. From providing a couple days’ worth of groceries for 10 families a week, to providing a week’s worth of groceries for 185 families a week at present, we’ve expanded and continue to develop new programming to meet the growing needs of the community.

Who We Serve

We’ll serve anyone in need, regardless of your financial situation or geographic area the first time. Our usual visitors will be residents of southeast Kent County with incomes lower than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Recent Blog Posts

Why Good Food?
Mar 25, 2019
A Reminder from the Widow
Jan 30, 2019