A lot of changes occurred in 2017 – from leadership changes to starting new programs! Through the changes, The Pantry continued to serve approximately 1,000 households each month totallying around 30,000+ meals.
In 2017, The Pantry opened the Fresh Market that offers fresh vegetables and fruit at a reduced price to our community. This new resource is through the help of United Way funding. The Pantry is working collaboratively with Access and 4 other pantries to provide more healthy food to our neighbors.
Through a partnership with the USDA and ASCET, a quarterly distribution of roughly 50 pounds of food was distributed to around 10,000 additional individuals. At the holidays, people received holiday meal groceries and gifts. Through the NOW Program, individuals with chronic illnesses received weekly education and support along with appropriate healthy groceries aimed specifically at maintaining their health and wellness. We also worked with ASCET to serve our senior neighbors living in neighboring senior apartments and in addition offered our seniors an opportunity to visit the pantry once a month through our Senior Pantry partnership.
We couldn’t have done this without the support of our individual and business donors and local churches! We are so grateful for each and every donor!