Food Pantry

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Inc.

The Food Pantry opened in April of 2009 seeking to help those in need of food.  Members of Calvary Episcopal Church felt called to organize and open the Food Pantry, but it could not operate without support from our whole community.  In addition to Calvary, other local churches, businesses, individuals, service organizations, and philanthropic groups make the Food Pantry possible.

We obtain food from direct donations, by direct purchase, and through MANNA FoodBank in Asheville.  From MANNA, we receive food through state-administered (SNAP) and direct-federal (TEFAP) hunger-relief programs, which helps offset our costs and provides additional food for our clients.  MANNA is a service organization, founded in 1982, that collects, purchases, stores, and distributes food to 231 partner agencies (such as our food pantry) in 16 counties of Western North Carolina.

In 2011, the Food Pantry was incorporated as a non-profit organization.  This was done for two reasons:  (1) to make us eligible for one of the government programs (TEFAP) and (2) to make us eligible to apply for grants from organizations that require non-profit status.

On opening day in 2009, five people came in need of food.  In 2015, this ministry distributed a total of over 248,180 pounds of food.  This has been possible thanks to the food, money, time, and prayers given by many, many people.  That food has helped members of our many client families every single day:  helped give them energy to face their challenges and helped give them some peace-of-mind from not having to worry about where the next meal might come from.  As one slogan says, “One in six face hunger, five in six can help.”  When that happens, all six are blessed.

The Food Pantry at a Glance

  • Open to anyone in need of food.
  • Open every Saturday morning, 8:30-11:00 (except the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s Day).
  • Each week, on average, the food distributed provides approximately 4200 meals for 399 people from 115 families.
  • Largest number served in one week:  204 families consisting of 721 individuals (Saturday before Thanksgiving, 2012).
  • Over 200 volunteer hours donated per week.
  • Over 70 different volunteers participate in a month.
  • Community supported.
  • View the 2015 Annual Activity Report

Services Provided

  • Food is provided according to household size and selected by the clients themselves, with the help of a volunteer shopping assistant.
  • Clients use shopping carts, and volunteers escort them to their vehicles and help load their items.
  • In addition to packaged foods, we also provide fresh produce, eggs, milk, and bread, as well as frozen meat.
  • We provide roughly 11 pounds of food per person per week
  • On select Saturdays, the Health Ministry Team from the church offers blood pressure checks and nutrition counseling.

Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday (25 volunteers)

  • Welcome and sign in clients.
  • Personal shopping assistance.
  • Food distribution.
  • Carry-out.
  • Re-packaging of bulk items into smaller containers (e.g. detergent, shampoo, sugar, flour).

Each Week

  • Sunday – Pick up bread from local business donor.
  • Monday – Place food orders.
  • Alternate Tuesday – Receipt and stocking from MANNA delivery.
  • Wednesday – Pick up packaged food from local business.
  • Thursday – Pick up milk from local business donor.
  • Friday – Pick up produce and bread from local business donors, and stock shelves.
  • Saturday – Distribute food to clients (above), and pick up bread from local business donor.

Various Days

  • Re-packaging bulk items into smaller containers.
  • Volunteer coordination.
  • Computer database maintenance.
  • Grant writing.
  • Fund raising.
  • Community relations and public awareness.

Administration

  • Board of Directors (Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church) and Executive Committee (volunteers).
  • We follow MANNA Foodbank guidelines and government requirements.
  • Storage and service space, utilities, and staff support (for bookkeeping, clerical work, etc.) are provided by Calvary Episcopal Church.
  • Equipment (carts, shelving, refrigerator, freezers, computers) has been obtained through grants and gifts, both monetary and in-kind

 Needs

  • Food
  • Money for purchasing food
  • Volunteers
  • Prayers

Non-discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the
USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from
discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any
program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape,
American Sign Language, etc.),
should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)
877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,
and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To
request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax:
(202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email:
program.intake@usda.gov
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights lase and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and
institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation
for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should
contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal
Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing
cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint
form, call (866)632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202)690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov . This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Partial Donor List

Donations of food or funds may be brought to the church office.

Monday through Friday, 9 to 4.

We are located at 2840 Hendersonville Rd., across from the Fletcher Ingles.

Funds may be mailed to:

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Inc.
P.O. Box 187
Fletcher, NC 28732
828-684-6266