Hi Team – This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 82 families, the most ever, largely due to our (again!) busiest Sunday to date, serving 36 families. 46 families were served on Wednesday, clearly demonstrating the load balancing we sought during January’s strategic planning is now being achieved. In total, 214 people were fed. 8 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 314 households registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.
The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 1,266lbs. of food. Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 954 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Sheamus, Anne, Steve, Johnathan, Adam, Bill B, Jean, Martha, Tammy, Angie, Deb and myself. What’s Next –
- Pantry dry stores of breakfast cereal, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti and sauce are at low levels and continue to remain our biggest need for donations.
- Safe food handling training class is being conducted by the Good Sheppard Food Bank at our church on April 21, 10-12noon. The class is free, and students who pass the test are certified in safe food handling for 2 years. Right now four people are confirmed to attend and we have plenty of room for others to join in.
- Our food drive with Time Warner Cable has been making great progress and is already ahead of their total count for last year. We will pick up their food donation the last week of April.
Thank you team for the outstanding effort you put forth to support our community during our busiest week ever!! — Doug