Volunteers at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Shady Cove have been hard at work preparing for the Friday, September 24 opening of the new food pantry that will offer clients fresh produce. Although there is another food pantry in Shady Cove, produce is not readily available at that pantry and parishioners were concerned that in this economy some families were not getting enough nutrients.
Working with local stores, the pantry will offer not only produce but some staples and miscellaneous items such as toilet paper. It will vary from week to week depending on what is available, according to Joan Loveless, organizer. Volunteers talked with the Upper Rogue Community Center Food Pantry Manager, Ginny Rigel, to get tips on what is needed.
Not knowing how many people to expect, volunteers are prepared to serve about 30 the first day. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first -serve basis, said Loveless. The pantry is modeled after the pantry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Medford. St. Mark’s has given out enough food for 3,800 people since opening at the beginning of the year. It is expected that after a few months volunteers at St. Martin’s will have a steady clientele making it easier to know how many to prepare for. Rigel said URCC currently has 600 clients a month and that an additional pantry is needed.
St. Martin’s pantry will be on the last Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. with the exception of November and December. Those dates will be announced. No paperwork will be required and clients need only give their first names and the number of family members.
The church is located at 95 Cleveland St. For more information call 541-878-2166 and leave a message.