Yesterday, during a two-hour shift, an average of eleven pounds of food per minute left the pantry with hungry Newport neighbors and friends. Thanks to Stamp Out Hunger, we are still able to replenish most of the shelves with a nice variety. But we are once again getting very low on tuna and other canned meats. The canned fruit, including pineapple and pumpkin, is almost gone. We are completely out of low-sodium soups and tomato products, so important for many of our seniors. And it’s never too early to start bringing in that chard and kale from your gardens. Fresh vegetables fly out the door faster than we can put them out.
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. For those who enjoy helping us purchase food and pay our regular monthly expenses, we have added a PayPal link for your convenience. You do not have to be a member to utilize the service. Every donation, large or small, helps us feed the 2,300 Newport residents who have registered to receive assistance from the pantry.
Editor’s note: 2,300 registered persons is 23% of Newport’s population.
With Extreme Gratitude,
Newport Food Pantry