Community Food Bank and Pantry
“Our goal is to feed children, the elderly and other needy people in our community. We want to do everything possible to make our community a better place through food sharing and helping our neighbors.”
When you get involved with a food bank you’re helping solve three critical problems: hunger, poverty and food waste.
There’s enough food being wasted and thrown away in our community to feed every hungry and elderly person- and feed them very well.
Unfortunately more than a third of the food that is produced in our country is wasted; many times it is destroyed within a few hundred yards of needy and hungry people.
When we give people the food they need, it frees up their money for rent , utilities and other necessities.
The Worship Center® Community Food Bank and Pantry rescues perfectly edible, nutritious, non-saleable surplus food and gives it to hungry people.
Literally, your waste is a life saver for the elderly, children and their families. There’s no way to reconcile having hungry children and elderly neighbors who cant afford to eat properly when our dumpsters are being filled with perfectly good edible and nourishing foods. The children need it. The elderly need it. The unemployed need it. The working poor, who surround us all, need it. And it costs nothing; Just permission and caring.
“When you get involved with food bank your doing the right thing…”
First, you’re feeding hungry, needy, elderly, unemployed and under employed people in the community. Giving food and other non-saleable items are helping individuals and families in need.
If you could see the looks on the faces of the children when they pick out the food they’re going to have for breakfast and the rest of the week; if you could hear their laughing and squealing with joy over something as basic as a half pint of yogurt, you’d find as many ways as possible to help them every week.
Second, when you donate food and other non-salable items, youre protecting the environment. Instead of loading up the landfills and producing more greenhouse gases, you’re giving nourishment and hope to hungry and needy people in our community.
Third, you’re introducing your brands and products to people who otherwise never would have tried them. We hear this all the time, people come back and tell us that they have changed where they shop and what they buy thanks to the food they received at our food bank.
Many of our clientele aren’t the chronically poor. Some are working professionals who may have a month or two where their mortgage, utilities, insurance, car payment and repairs all add up to having no money left for food.
During the winter months, people are making the choice between food and heat. For these, use of the food pantry is something that happens maybe two or three months out of the year. And then they are right back shopping, buying, eating and taking care of their children and themselves.
We believe that these situations demand more than just talking bout it and shaking our heads. The resources are available aright now, right here, to feed hungry people. All it takes is cooperation from our business owners and a means of getting it into the hands of those with needs. You have the food and other resources. We have the means of pick up, storage and distribution.
We currently have four commercial freezers, and all meats and other freezable foods are immediately frozen upon arrival. Produce that requires refrigeration is immediately put into our commercial cooler. Nonperishable are put into our dry goods storage.
And its not Just food. We also distribute seasonal items, overstock, pet food and supplies as well as anything else that people or their pets can use.