CONTINUING this year – providing food during this time of special need during the COVID-19 Pandemic!
Liberty Community Pantry has moved back indoors – no longer a drive-through – beginning in June, 2021. It is scheduled for the first Friday of each month.
During the summer months, our Seeds of Faith Garden supplies fresh produce to our pantry families – we are so grateful to our adult leaders of this project and all of the youth and children who help with it – planting, weeding, and harvesting this delicious array of produce!
NEW FEATURE: OUTDOOR PANTRY BOX! As part of earning his Eagle Scout Award, Adam Yoder has constructed an outdoor pantry box so people can pick up non-perishable food items during the month when we are not having the Pantry. The box has been set up on the sidewalk outside the church doors where we enter for Worship.
Monetary donations have continued each month from many individuals and we have received several grants through Second Harvest Food Bank. These funds make it possible for us to serve the increasing number of families coming for food.
During the summer months our numbers are lower, but we welcome Liberty residents, Liberty School families and those that associate with our Church Hill UMC congregation.
Many of these families are those that come regularly and depend on our pantry to help their families. Every month we see new families, including those from Liberty but also from surrounding areas. Second Harvest allows any person to be served, especially during these challenging times when household incomes have been stretched. We try to encourage those from other areas to seek a pantry in their local area, but some areas do not have a pantry that is close. This is a time when the entire community has to care for one another.
Pastor Shannon Trenton has been volunteering with us since her arrival in Liberty during our drive-by distribution. She greets each family in their vehicle and enjoys getting to know them.
As we return to our inside distribution process in June, 2021: We will continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing and keep our volunteer numbers smaller, but we will be able to invite more volunteers to come back and serve with us. The process has to be adjusted to keep the risk as low as possible for those that work at the pantry as well as the families coming for food.
Please keep our Liberty Community Pantry in your prayers that we may all be well and be able to reach out and feed hungry people. It is such a blessing in so many ways!
- Sharon Wathen, Coordinator
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED EACH MONTH to purchase food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Cash or checks payable to Church Hill UMC may be donated at any time through our offering, just mark “Community Pantry” on the description.
God has led us to this ministry, and what a great blessing it is for volunteers and participants! Thank you, thank you, and Praise the Lord!