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Newport Food Pantry update

From Katherine Myers
Newport Food Pantry

This past week I’ve had an opportunity to speak with several people about how difficult it is for them to break out of the cycle of poverty. People paying the high monthly costs to live in a hotel find it impossible to save enough money to pay first, last and security for a house or apartment. If they can’t afford a car, employment options become even more limited. Children in these situations can’t enjoy simple pleasures like having a friend over to spend the night. And the number of people filling out pantry applications and listing themselves as homeless is growing.

It’s always an eye opening experience to see empty shelves after we’ve distributed 1,200 pounds of food in a two hour block of time. Continuing to offer large varieties of each item remains a challenge. Split peas, red beans, and black beans are difficult to keep stocked. Peanut butter and jam are almost always in short supply. Until growing season finally arrives, canned vegetables such as okra, spinach, and peas are very much appreciated. Ready to eat meals are great for those with limited cooking facilities. And we always need healthy cereals for quick breakfasts for the hundreds of children in Newport who depend on the pantry to supplement their food supply.

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 are so deeply grateful for the continued generosity of people who care about their friends and neighbors in need.

Sincerely,
Katherine Myers
Newport Food Pantry
541-270-0842
kmyers@newportfoodpantry.org
www.newportfoodpantry.org
www.facebook.com/NewportPantry

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