There are many reasons for people in our community to need help, loss of employment, fixed incomes, recent immigration, and the list goes on. We want to satisfy the immediate needs of our neighbors so that they can address their long-term needs.
The Pantry is a place where families come to receive more than food. The boxes and bags of food that are loaded into vehicles Monday - Saturday represent relief and hope. Single mothers, seniors, and others on fixed incomes can breathe a little easier knowing that there is food in the kitchen. Those who are transitioning to a new job or a new country can look forward to a time when they will no longer need this bridge of support, helping them move ahead to a new life.
The Pantry serves guests living in three ZIP codes, 37013, 37211, and 37217. Guests in these areas are registered to pick up food once a month. When they come, they will receive about 10 lbs. of meat, along with beans, rice, pasta, sauce, fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, and bread. In addition, fresh pastries, baking supplies, personal hygiene items, and various other products are available from time to time.
The Pantry is currently directed by Sarai Tovar, who oversees a small core group of faithful volunteers. Several days a week, trucks loaded with food roll to the back door. These trucks are unloaded, the products are checked in, weighed, and then stocked on shelves, stored in the freezer, or prepared for distribution. With almost 300 boxes of food going out each week, this is a monumental task. The core of volunteers is supplemented by individuals and business and church groups who step in to lend their hands to complete the work and ready the Pantry to serve our guests when they arrive. If you would like to work with our Pantry volunteers and guests, please click the Volunteer button.