Feeding America reports a 46 percent increase in food pantry recipients since 2006. I’m seeing more and more young homeless people come to the pantry. After watching “America’s Invisible Children” last Tuesday at the Newport HELP Center, we have a better understanding that, as families struggle economically, more and more teens are ending up by themselves on the streets. It’s a situation that is very difficult to overcome without a lot of help from the community. There are not nearly enough foster homes or other resources to help every child in need. I’m so grateful that Newport is such a caring and sharing community. A lot has been accomplished and there is much more to do.
We are striving to put more and more healthy food varieties on the shelves at the pantry. If you have a vegetable garden, don’t be afraid to plant that extra zucchini plant. We’ll happily take any extra produce. In the meantime, we are very low on dry legumes, brown rice, tuna, peanut butter, canned leafy vegetables such as spinach, canned pineapple, canned pumpkin, powdered milk, and low-sodium selections so necessary for our senior pantry patrons. Healthy cereals such as shredded wheat are also always needed. We have one family who has four members sensitive to wheat gluten so we can always use foods for those with dietary restrictions. We also love surprises so don’t be afraid to donate an item that’s not on our wish list.
Food donations can be dropped off here at the pantry Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and Saturday morning until noon. If hours and/or pantry location aren’t convenient for you, many wonderful organizations and businesses keep our food collection containers on site. For a complete list, click here. We also purchase some food and have regular expenses that need to be met. Join our Hunger Action Monthly team by downloading the form by clicking here.
As always, thank you to everyone for your continued support and generosity.
Newport Food Pantry