Provided by Katherine Myers, Newport Food Pantry
More and more people are telling me how difficult it is for them to get to the pantry. Gas prices are hitting our Newport neighbors hard. Families had a difficult March because spring break occurred at the end of the month when most families run out of money before they run out of the number of days their children still need food. So many depend on the free and reduced meal programs that schools provide.
The pantry is almost completely out of all canned fruit. Applesauce is so wonderful for small children and it helps add nutrition and flavor to oatmeal. Pineapple flies off the shelves when we have it. Any and all shelf stable fruit is greatly appreciated. Nothing beats peanut butter and jam for the hundreds of children whose families depend on the pantry. Baking mixes such as those for cornbread help families with limited storage. Those who live in campers and tents, both singles and families, rely on canned and boxed meals such as chili, stew, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, pork and beans, and hearty soups. Any shelf stable protein helps so much.
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 the pantry location and hours aren’t convenient for you, many wonderful organizations and businesses keep our food collection containers on site. For a complete list, please go to http://newportfoodpantry.org and click on the donate link.
We are so deeply grateful to the Newport community for their amazing generosity.
Newport Food Pantry