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.
Pantry volunteers strive to present smiling faces and a warm environment for our neighbors in need when they visit with us. Most of them come to us so that they may use the money they save on groceries for other necessities. In this year’s client survey the following usages were noted: 1) 35% used the money to help pay rent; 2) 27% used it for gas/transportation; 3) 25% to help with electricity; 4)12% for medicine. Other specific uses noted were to buy work boots for a new job; buy clothes for their children; and to find a place of their own. It is our goal to make their day a little brighter and hopefully eliminate a few of those worries listed below.
Clients were surveyed with regards to their food supply over the past 12 months. Please note the following 2 results: #1: 99% responded that the food they were able to buy ran out before they had the money to buy more (up from 39% the previous year) and #2: 88% said they had eaten less at a meal because they did not have the money to buy more food (up from 28% the previous year).
As we are one of nineteen pantries in the Loaves of Fishes of Mecklenburg County, hopefully the following information will provide you with some insight into the “big picture.” For the fiscal year 2013, Loaves and Fishes employed 8 full time staff, 2 part-time staff people and had 3,690 individuals who volunteered time to help either once or numerous times. Together they were responsible for the distribution of 2,200,000 pounds of food to 105,015 people. These food items were purchased using the financial resources given by individuals (58% of financial support) or donated by various groups. Businesses (31.4%) and organizations (31.3%) led the way with food donations. Congregations accounted for 11% of the financial donations and 9% of the food donations.
Donations of canned corn, mixed vegetables, and canned fruit are our food focus items for this month. Non food items that we are focusing on this month are any type of cleaning products, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Plastic bags are always needed and appreciated.