A message from Katherine Myers
Newport Food Pantry
A 27 year old woman with two young children, seven and four years old, is living on the streets in an old camper trailer. An 89 year old woman has registered to use the pantry so she can stretch her shrinking retirement benefits. They represent two distressing sides of the same hunger coin. And the problem just keeps getting bigger. Last Tuesday, 30 families came to the pantry. When we closed two hours later, the store shelves were almost completely empty. It was a sobering sight. Fortunately, we had more food on the reserve shelves to put on the pantry shelves for Wednesday.
Thousands of pounds of food leave the pantry every month and we rely on food and monetary donations to keep the shelves stocked. Ready to eat selections for those with limited cooking facilities tops the list of needs. A can of chili, stew, canned meat or fish, pork and beans, and anything else that has protein and can be heated and served makes all the difference to some of our families. Healthy cereals help children get off to a good start for the day. Many people have been donating hearty soup selections, both dry and canned, and both types are greatly appreciated. And shelf stable milks are great for those who have limited refrigerator space.
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, go to http://newportfoodpantry.org and click on the donate link. We also purchase some food and have regular expenses that need to be met. Join our Hunger Action Monthly team by downloading the form at http://newportfoodpantry.org/HAM.pdf.
Thank you to everyone for your commitment to making this a community mission.
Newport Food Pantry