MARKET STREET PANTRY: APRIL
Still Serving After Five Years
The good news is Market Street Pantry (MSP) is now five years old and still as viable as ever. The bad news is its still as needed as ever. This never-ending demand is handled effectively by MSP through the years. Much of the credit goes to MSP’s tireless volunteers.
If you become one of our volunteers you will make a difference in people’s lives. Estimates are that we live in a country that throws out 30% to 40% of our food supply, yet millions of Americans aren’t always sure they’ll get sufficient full and nutritious meals.
What’s the disconnect? Key facts include:
- People can’t afford it. Many who work full time aren’t paid enough to properly feed their families even if they receive SNAP benefits. ($127/month).
- They can’t get to it. Many poor people live in “food deserts” – areas with limited or no access to fresh produce and other nutritious food. Many also don’t have transportation.
- They don’t buy healthy food. Many low-income shoppers feel they should buy only the cheapest food or they do not know how they can get healthy food.
So, pantries like MSP are important sources of nutritious food for their clients – maybe the only source for many. Come join us and help serve by donating your time or monetary support. Know that the MSP runs entirely on donations of St Luke’s parishioners and Friends of the Pantry.