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 2012, this ministry distributed a total of over 200,000 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 3800 meals for 350 people from 95 families.
  • Largest number served in one week:  169 families consisting of 668 individuals (Saturday before Thanksgiving, 2012).
  • Over 120 volunteer hours donated per week.
  • Over 100 different volunteers participate in a month.
  • Community supported.

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 13 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.
  • Tuesday – Pick up food from MANNA FoodBank, and stock shelves.
  • 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 law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In addition, this organization does not discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

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