It always seemed odd that practically every community in Lincoln County had a stand-alone food pantry, but not Newport. The homeless, the low income, even some lower-middle class Newport residents always had to go up to the warehouse (Food Share on NE 1st) where free food was dropped off by the Oregon Food Bank and held for distribution. Often times it meant standing for a long time in the rain to get food. In all other Lincoln County communities, those who need help with their food situation can go inside and peruse the food they need.
Thanks to the First Presbyterian Church on NE 12th, Newport is about to get its first-ever stand-alone pantry, the Newport Community Food Pantry. It’s being housed in a former classroom that was parked behind Yaquina View School and which, as of Wednesday afternoon, is now parked at the First Presbyterian Church. The two halves of the mobile classroom will be reconnected over the next week or so, and the interior refurbished to function as a small country store; except the food is free. Those eligible to shop at the new Newport Food Pantry will include those on food stamps, disability and certified temporary or long-term low income and the homeless.
Food Pantry President Jim Gamb says the operation should be ready to open its doors in very early August. And besides just providing food, he says they’ll launch classes on how to prepare food, especially locally grown local produce which is abundant this time. of year. Gamb praised Food Share of Lincoln County for their years of work in the fight against hunger in Lincoln County. He said the close partnership between Newport Community Food Pantry and Food Share will better ensure that deserving families and individuals don’t go hungry. Gamb said “With Food Share doing what they do best, collecting food, and Newport Community Food Pantry doing what they do best, distribution, it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Hours of operation will be: Tuesday and Wednesday: 2-4pm, Thursday: 5-7pm, and on Saturday: 10am-12noon.
Newport Food Pantry boosters are asking for donations from the Newport community at large to help their budding non-profit group maintain the food pantry and to expand it as needs expand, caused by the stubborn recession. The also need volunteers. For more information, call them at 541-270-0842 or visit their website at NewportFoodPantry.org.Share on Facebook