Summer is coming. For most, it simply means better weather and more time at the beach. For many in Newport, vacations from school spell worry about empty cupboards as children who are able to eat free breakfasts and lunches at school will now rely on parents for all three meals of the day. Grandparents on fixed incomes wonder how to feed their teenaged grandchildren who are coming to visit for a week or two. Unfortunately, for food pantries, summer also means a decline in donations as people are busy taking vacations and spending time with children. Combined with the federal budget cuts that have affected supplies from the USDA, it makes providing enough staples such as canned meats, peanut butter, cereal, boxed meals, and fresh vegetables on the shelves. It would be so helpful if, while shopping at Walmart, you could purchase just one or two extra cans to drop in one of the barrels we have near the exit doors. Or, bring any extra fresh produce from your gardens right to the pantry.
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.
With Extreme Gratitude,
Newport Food Pantry