Information provided by Newport Food Pantry
It is difficult to believe that 17 percent of the Newport population have registered to receive emergency food assistance. When studying pantry usage, I did discover that 61 percent of those eligible have only visited the pantry once in the three months we’ve been open. That certainly does indicate that most only come when they absolutely must get some food to feed hungry family members.
Because it’s such a great staple for families, we continue to struggle to keep peanut butter on the shelves. Canned fruits such as pineapple just fly off the shelves this time of year so we’re running out fast. Canned meats and ready-to-eats are so nice for people with limited cooking facilities. Shelf stable proteins such as canned black bean disappear quickly as do hot and cold cereals and soups. Food donations can be dropped off here at Newport Food Pantry on 12th Street or at one of the many places that host our food collection containers. The list is on our website at http://newportfoodpantry.org/donate.html.
Sometimes, well-meaning people voice the opinion that people should take whatever is available. The reality is, if people don’t like a food or know how to prepare it, they won’t eat it and much goes to waste. And that is why we appreciate so much the food donations that help us provide so many choices.
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Newport community.
Newport Food Pantry