Update from the Newport Food Pantry
Katherine Myers, Manager
I was deeply surprised by the number of families who braved some of the worst stormy days in order to come get food. Wednesday, schools and businesses were closed. But 16 hungry families came to the Newport Food Pantry when the wind was blowing the rain and debris sideways.
Holiday giving is behind us and the shelves are looking pretty bare. It takes a lot of food in order to distribute 20,000 pounds in a single month. The tuna and canned fruits are almost gone and we are completely out of cereal and oatmeal. Peanut butter is hard to keep stocked. I’d like to build the variety of canned vegetables. Spinach would be a welcome addition as would canned kale. It’s difficult to hand out enough fruits and veggies during the winter months when nothing is growing locally. Every can makes a difference and any help people can give is deeply appreciated. We have almost 800 families signed up to use the pantry so the need is great.
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. Click the “donate” link on our website at newportfoodpantry.org for a list of locations.
We are very grateful to you and your readers for the consistent generosity. Hearts are big in this community.