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 started with a BIG BANG! The Scouting for Food Drive sponsored by the Boy Scouts was held February 1st. It was a huge success!! The Scouts collected and dropped off over 15,ooo pounds of food. We estimate that we kept around 13,000 pounds here and Loaves and Fishes picked up the other 2000 pounds and took to the warehouse. Pantry volunteers worked side by side with Scout leaders and scouts to make the day run smoothly and efficiently. Our community continues to see the need to provide this service and is always extremely generous. We now have a wonderful variety of items to offer our clients when they come to do their shopping.
I thought the following information might be of interest to you. Each Fall Loaves and Fishes does a client survey to help them better understand the needs of their clients. The survey this year had a 95% confidence rate with 1239 households responding. Points of interest:
- 24% of respondents are employed full time
- 28% of respondents are disabled
- 34% of respondents have friends or other relatives living with them whom they are responsible for feeding
- 20% of respondents said within the last 12 months said they had been hungry but not eaten because they did not have the money to buy food
- ONLY 6% said they never worry about running out of food
These are the families you help when you reach out by donating food, your time and your energy to this ministry. Come be a part of a very special group of dedicated volunteers.
For the month of March our food donation request is for any canned tomato product, canned fruit, or boxes of instant mashed potatoes. Our non-food request this month is for any type of cleaning supply.