What is the Community Food Pantry?
The Community Food Pantry is a nonprofit outreach program that provides food to families who have found themselves in crisis. You might ask who are those in crisis? Those in crisis are people that have lost their jobs. Those in crisis are those who have lost income due to illness, medical bills, maybe a death in the family. Those in crisis are people who have had an addition to their family and cannot make ends meet. Those in crisis are the hungry in our community for whatever reason. We are not bound by any geographical scope and we hold a 501(c)3 classification from the Internal Revenue Service. We are staffed entirely by volunteers, and have been a part of this community for 39 years.
“We Make A Living By What We Get, But We Make A Life By What We Give."- W. Churchill
What is the importance of the Community Food Pantry to the community?
Our primary goal is to insure that no one goes to bed hungry. Once that goal is met, we strive to guide and assist them in finding a more permanent solution to the existing crisis. At this point, our goal becomes one of enabling them to become capable and independent individuals who will once again become contributing members of society.....BUT FIRST...hunger needs to be addressed!! If hunger is not continually addressed in this community, there could be an upward spiral of violence and poverty. Hunger can lead to anger. That anger can lead to violence in the home such as spousal abuse and child abuse. It can then spill into the community. Hunger is such a basic need that people will do anything to get food, even commit crime. If people do not have enough to eat, malnutrition becomes a factor. With malnutrition comes illness, disease and medical bills. You can see children missing school or at the very least, performing poorly in school. The parents start missing time from work or even spending time in jail for their crimes. This reduces the household income, leading to more poverty and even homelessness.