Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Inc.
Annual Activity Report for 2014
The Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry is open every Saturday (except the one after Christmas) from 8:30 to 11:00 AM to anyone in need of food. In 2014, about 80% of our clients were white/Caucasian, about 65% were from Henderson County, about 35% were from Buncombe County, about 6% were seniors, and about 34% were children. Each week we served an average of 112 families made up 397 individuals, which was about the same as 2013.
In 2014, we distributed a total of 244,425 pounds of food, which was only slightly more than in 2013. That translates into approximately 212,500 individual meals (1.15 pounds per meal). The total number of people served in 2014 was 20,266, although many were repeats (that is, they were served multiple weeks out of the year), and that represents a 2% increase over 2013. Those numbers translate into an average of 10.5 meals per person per week, which means that half of the meals each week were something that our client families did not have to worry about.
All of this would not be possible without the support of, not only Calvary Episcopal Church, but the entire community: MANNA Foodbank (which now provides about 60% of our food, some purchased, but most donated), local businesses, service organizations, philanthropic groups, individuals, and other churches. In particular, Fletcher United Methodist Church (FUMC) and Lutheran Church of the Nativity (LCN) in Arden have both been loyal long-term supporters of the Pantry, both in terms of donations and volunteers.. In addition, over the last year we saw increased support from Trinity Lutheran Church and Northview Church, both in Fletcher, and Skyland Methodist Church. Overall, we have about 70 volunteers who participate in this ministry each month, and they put in approximately 200 hours (5 FTE’s) of service each week. The latter numbers were obtained from a month-long survey of volunteers in September. When one considers the value of the food donations and volunteer time plus the cash donations and grants, the Food Pantry is equivalent to a business with a budget of well over half-a-million dollars a year.
Some highlights from 2014 are as follows: In February, the Calvary EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) coordinated the collection of 291 pounds of food and $2,887 for the Food Pantry, as part of the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring. In July, Calvary’s St. Anne’s Guild collected school supplies and distributed them to 212 children over two Saturdays. In August, a multi-media fund-raiser, “Peanut Butter and Poemscapes,” was held in support of the Food Pantry. In September, 14 walkers from Calvary participated in the Henderson County Hunger Coalition Walk and raised over $1,000 for that organization, which has been a long-time supporter of the Food Pantry. In October, a Benefit Concert featuring musicians from Calvary, FUMC, and LCN was very entertaining and successful, with donations of $1270 and 75 pounds of food being collected. In November, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, in addition to the usual weekly food, we distributed a turkey or ham (their choice) to 204 families consisting of 721 individuals. The food distributed that week provided roughly 7500 individual meals. In December, Christmas gifts were provided for 107 children 12 years-of-age and younger from 51 families.
In addition to the food distribution each week, other groups are available on many Saturdays to offer extra help: (1) our Health Ministry team provides clients with blood pressure checks and nutrition counseling, (2) our Healing Prayer Ministry team prays with clients at their request, and (3) a representative from MANNA Foodbank helps clients sign up for Food Stamps.
We are blessed by God and by our many contributors and volunteers to be able to help so many people in need so many days out of the year. Thank you to all who have participated in any way—it makes you a part of this ministry.