Food Pantry

 

The History of Our Pantry: The construction of the pantry began in the spring of 2014 as an Eagle Scout project by Russell House. Russell and his crew spent many weeks cleaning out, painting, creating and installing mobile shelving and electricity to the lower area of the church that will house the food and supplies.

As one of the many on-going outreach projects of the Church, a team of volunteers led by Sue Freeman, learned about mandated food handling criteria, sorting, labeling, and stocking the shelves with nutritious food, grocery products, cleaning supplies, and toiletries that are distributed to families in need of such provisions at no cost.

In addition to continuing food donations from the congregation, the pantry received a food grant from Second Harvest Food Bank in Allentown that serves Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne counties, and the Garden of Giving, that supplies high quality vegetables and eggs to Monroe county food banks during the growing season.

Making a difference in our community is one of the core values at Christ Church, said the Rev. Douglas Moyer. As Christian disciples we believe we have been called to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. The Christ Church food pantry is just one more of the ways in which we are endeavoring to answer that call.

The Pantry will be open the first Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon and the third Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. of each month. Individuals or families coming to the pantry need only to bring with them identification. Recipients are allowed to visit the pantry for goods once a month.

If you are so inclined to donate goods to our pantry, below is our wish list of needed items. Please remember regulations prohibit us from to break apart large quantity packaging (like you would buy in BJ’s, etc.), so it is best to purchase goods in small/medium quantities. Dollar Tree is a great place to purchase the items!  Also, monetary donations are always appreciated as well…please make your check payable to Christ Episcopal Church and notate on the memo line “food pantry.”

1. Spices

Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil, sugar, baking power, baking soda, corn starch, etc.

2. Feminine Products

Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc.

3. Goodies

Chocolate bars/candy, brownie/cake mixes, popcorn, crackers, tortillas

4. Toiletries

Toilet paper, paper towels, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.

5. Canned Meats and Jerky

Chicken, tuna, Chicken/Beef  Chow Mein, Spam etc.

6. Baby Toiletries

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

7. Canned Fruit

8. Cold and Hot Cereals

Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, oatmeal, dry breakfast cereals

9. Dry Goods

Rice, beans, instant potatoes, cans of vegetables (peas, corn,  etc.)  and pasta (don’t forget sauce!).

10: Pet Products

Dog/cat food, treats, cat litter, etc.

11. Drinks

Fruit juice, Parmalat brand (milk) or shelf stable milk, dry milk, ice tea mix, coffee and/or tea, etc.

12. Miscellaneous

Crackers, peanut butter, jelly,

13. Cleaning Products

Thank you for your generosity

and

may God continue to bless each and every one of you for your kindness to those in need in our

community!