Visitors to Patchwork’s food pantry receive a wide assortment of food. Each food order that we send out includes items for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It includes vegetables, fruits, proteins, and grains. We hope it adds to the food that families have at home in order to round out existing meals or to help families stretch a few more days until the next paycheck arrives. We hope that it means that food is one less thing for a family to worry about.
In addition to the food, we also hope that our food pantry clients leave Patchwork feeling that their day is a little better. We hope that they feel like they’ve had someone listen to and empathize with their worries, like they’ve found a reason to laugh, or like they’ve been given a quiet moment to enjoy a warm cup of coffee.
As we’ve adjusted our routines around Patchwork for increased safety in a pandemic, we’ve been glad that these adjustments have meant that our food pantry clients can interact more with Hospitality volunteers like Molly and Gail, pictured above in their Halloween outfits. With everyone waiting together in Patchwork’s front courtyard, every food pantry client is greeted as they arrive and offered a cup of coffee or a snack. Every food pantry client gets to hear the list of fresh produce that’s available, they can hear about other things that Patchwork does that might assist them, and they have a group of people to chat with while they wait for their food.
Patchwork’s food pantry is now back to our pre-pandemic schedule, and things have gotten busier as we’ve gotten back into a routine. To receive food, people can stop by Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am-11:45 am. A referral is required, but we can issue it at Patchwork. Shawn is available to answer questions about eligibility and to provide other resources.
Because we include a standard list of items in every food order, it becomes a concern when we are unable to get these items through our primary food supplier, Tri-State Food Bank. There have been some shortages lately, and we’ve been grateful to the people who have donated what we need. We continue to need additional items including:
- Boxes of mac & cheese
- Saltine-style crackers
- Canned vegetables
- Canned soup
- Peanut butter
Another special item that we need is can openers. We began giving out can openers to any client who needed one after Darlene noticed several people declining a large portion of the food we offered. When she asked why, they explained that they couldn’t use the items because they didn’t have a can opener to open them. Darlene realized that such a simple thing would make such a difference.
If you have items to donate, please bring them to Patchwork Monday-Thursday between 9:30-noon when we have food pantry volunteers available to receive them. If these hours do not work for you, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.