Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 5/26/19

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 46 families and provided groceries to a total of 140 people.  10 new families joined the pantry this week.

This week our food collection totaled an incredible 6,816 lbs!  That’s almost 3 ½ tons of food, our biggest week so far this year.  It included not only excellent pickups from our two supermarkets, and a large food purchase from the Good Shepherd Food Bank, but was also due to our first ever U.S.D.A. TEFAP (The Emergency Family Assistance Program) allocation.  The TEFAP food is picked up bi-monthly from Wayside Food Programs. Volunteers for this week included, Angie, Anne, Cat, Debbie S, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Rena, Sandra, and myself.

A typical good month for your Stroudwater Food Pantry includes processing and distributing 4-5 tons of food; the month of May saw us processing a total of 8 ½ tons of food, placing us well ahead of where we were this time last year in annualized tonnage.  It took a lot of work and a lot of hands to accomplish this, and it reflects the dedication of your volunteer efforts and your commitment to serve the meal insecure in our communities.  Thank you all for making this happen!

Finally – on Tuesday June 4th the teens from the My Place Teen Center will be arriving at our church at 3:30pm to assemble grocery bags of non-perishable food that will be distributed to 170 families in Washington County in July.  We expect to finish up no later than 5:30.  If you would like to help out with this build please reply by email and let me know.  — Doug

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