Huntersville Emergency Food Pantry
Huntersville UMC houses a food pantry that is associated with "Loaves and Fishes" of Mecklenburg County. One of nineteen food pantrys country wide, we are open for clients every Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Clients must have a referral and may only come every 45 days. They recieve enough food on each visit to last their family for one week.
February has arrived and for those of us who volunteer in the Food Pantry that means it is also Boy Scout Food drive time. This is one of our two major food collections of the year. The scouts will collect food on Saturday morning, February 7th, and bring it back to the church. They do most of the preliminary work, but we will need volunteers to sort and stock the supplies as they bring them in. All the food that is collected stays here at the church for us to give out to our clients. If you have any time available on Saturday morning, February 7th, we can use all the help we can get for any amount of time you can spare. Please email or call ahead of time to let me know you can help (see below).
Being a part of this organization that helps to provide families with a weeks’ worth of groceries is an awesome task and one all our volunteers take seriously. Our goal is to make the clients who visit us feel warm and welcome. These volunteers are truly the hands and feet of Christ as they go about the many tasks required each day to run our food pantry. It was reported to you previously that in 2014 the food pantry served 1859 families. Sometimes these families visit our pantry numerous times during the year but of the families served last year, over 50% only visited our pantry one time. When you add in those that came 2 or 3 times that rises to 75%. Needless to say, we rely on all our wonderful volunteers to keep us running! On that note, we have a critical need for people to help stock the pantry after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. If you are interested in this service opportunity, please call me or send me an email (see below).
Donations of tuna, canned fruit, oatmeal and grits are our focus for the month of February. We will also gladly accept your donations of toiletry items and cleaning supplies. Plastic bags are always needed and appreciated.
In service to Christ,