MARKET STREET PANTRY: JANUARY
These are the words Chuck Moore uses to describe St. Luke’s operation of the Market Street Pantry.
Chuck is Executive Director of the Food Pantry Network of Licking County which includes over twenty such pantries. He says our pantry has given clients the dignity to choose the food they want instead of being given a box of pre-selected, limited items. Chuck relates further that clients who work Monday through Friday feel tremendous relief that Market Street Pantry is open on Saturdays when their regular pantry is closed. To quote Chuck: “The Food Pantry Network is grateful for the caring and compassionate members of St Luke’s. “
Our pantry continues to have a positive impact in its community as the number of meals needed is larger than ever. Most regrettably, over 30% of these food-deprived individuals are children. When asked what items clients can’t get that they need most, Chuck replied personal toiletry items like deodorant, soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Food stamps cannot be used to purchase these things. We welcome donations of these items, which never stay on the shelf long.
We also need 7 volunteers each time we are open, especially on Wednesdays. We’re always looking for ways to reach out to new volunteers.
With the start of the new year, we have a new volunteer scheduler and are launching an automated volunteer scheduling tool. Mary Lucas-Miller will be taking on this vital role in pantry operations! Through Sign Up Genius, volunteers can schedule themselves for a single shift or more at any time. Current volunteers should have received an invitation to their first sign up from Mary. If you didn’t, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-587-0424. If you want to volunteer for the first time, contact Mary for further details and access to the scheduling tool.
The Pantry is open all year on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am -11:45 am. Volunteers are asked to do a shift a month and to arrive 15 minutes early and plan to stay until 12:30 pm.
For further information about the pantry and/or becoming a Volunteer, contact Vicki Reed, 703-403-3004