Although work to create a Newport Food Pantry has been going on since last summer, organizers and supporters of creating the more efficient and user friendly display and shopping facility was finally, formally and officially opened Sunday at its new headquarters on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church on NE 12th.
Newport Mayor Mark McConnell, City Councilor Dick Beemer, County Commissioner Bill Hall, and Newport Chamber President Al Fitzpatrick were center stage at the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon as chamber ambassadors and Newport Pantry Board President Clay Creech and Pantry Manager Kathy Myers witnessed the milestone for the community. The Pantry also had a formal Dedication Service at the Church with ministers from Newport churches participating. Refreshments, including a large cake from JC Thriftway, was served to guests who also got a first hand tour of the Pantry.
The pantry was created to help Lincoln County Food Share concentrate more on gathering and assembling food rather than having to perform double-duty distributing the food to the needy in Newport. Newport was the last community in Lincoln County to establish a food distribution facility that is set up to be a real shopping experience, rather than recipients mostly getting food boxed up in a pre-determined way in a warehouse setting. Pantry Manager Kathy Myers said it’s a win for Food Share, and it’s a win for those in Newport needing help to put food on the table.
Myers said recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s surplus food program is being cut 40% just as unemployment benefits are again running out, peoples’ savings are gone, or nearly so, and the country is entering the fourth year of the worst recession in over 80 years. Myers and her food pantry board have been trying to get the word out that the pantry needs not only donated food, but also cash to buy specific food items that are in short supply. Myers is putting out a special call for help with peanut butter, cold cereal, oatmeal and shelf-stable milks. She says they also need canned tuna. She says anyone who can donate either food or cash, to please stop by their facility at 227 NE 12th or mail your donation to P.O. Box 1415, Newport, 97365. Or you can call 541-270-0842.
Newport Food Pantry, affiliated with Food Share of Lincoln County, also has food collection bins at the Newport Walmart, Umpqua Bank, Jan’s Pool Supply, Longview Hills Community Center, Pacific Homes Beach Club, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Church of the Nazarene, Atonement Lutheran and Newport Foursquare Churches. The also collect on the first Sunday of the month at First Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches.
For more information call the Newport Food Pantry at 541-270-0842
The pantry would also like to remind everyone of their fundraiser coming up called the Christmas Coffee Classic, or Roaster at the Coaster, to raise funds for the pantry. The event is Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th at the Hallmark Resort in Newport at Elizabeth and Case Streets. Not only will you sample great coffees and delectable chocolates, you may purchase them for your stocking stuffers for Christmas!
Not only that, the Coffee Classic will feature a “Coffee College” so you may learn everything about creating perfect coffee moments, from beans to brewing!
So, November 26th and 27th, head down to the Hallmark and get in on a smarter and more enjoyable approach to coffee and chocolate, at the Christmas Coffee Classic…the Roaster at the Coaster, 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday!
For more information, call the Newport Food Pantry at 541-270-0842.