What happens to your food donation?

Loudon Food Pantry provides food to qualified people that live in Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester and Loudon NH. People that need our services must show proof of residency, proof of income and proof of other services they receive. These guidelines are set by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). Collecting this information and giving out the food is the easy part.

Let’s pretend we’ve received a food donation (non-perishable items only) and follow it along its process. It is assigned a number for tracking purposes and then it is put into quarantine until the following week. After quarantine, the real processing begins. All contents are checked for expiration dates (we do not hand out expired food). The expiration date is written on the front of the item so it can easily be seen. All expired food is put into our “farm” box and given to farmers that will use it to feed their animals. Then one line is marked through all the UPC (bar) codes. A store will not accept it as a return in this condition. On to the next step…

Each item will be given a predetermined category number and item number (15-31 = Vegetable – Corn 15 oz). A label is created that includes the donation number, category, and item number. All the items are listed on donation log sheet (this is our incoming inventory figures). They are put back in their container and sent to our Quality Control (QC) Department.

In our QC Department, all items are taken out and the item number is input into a computer and compared. All items are double checked against the donation log sheet and any corrections made. When all is confirmed, the items move onto a cart and are ready for the stockroom.

In the stockroom, the items are sorted by year, then by month. This is what determines their location. Most items can be put on the display shelves (these are shelves that we take from to feed those in need). The items that we have an abundance of will be put into boxes by year and month and put into stock. The stock is used to restock the display area. We have a stockroom system in place to track all boxed stock.

That’s what happens to the physical donation. The donor information (we do not sell or trade any of your information) and donation log sheet (incoming inventory) is input into our database. From there the food is costed and we used these figures when we send you a donation letter in January of the following year.

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We are free!

After thirteen years of renting vans and box trucks or trying to find volunteers with a vehicle that’s available during working hours and larger than my Honda Fit…

We got a van! That’s right, we just purchased a Ford Transit 250 Van and today we picked up our first USDA food shipment. It even fit all the extra food we requested!

Now when we go to the NH Food Bank to get food we can take advantage of all the food we never had room for before! And when we need to pick up food drives, we won’t need to hustle to find vehicles and make several trips.

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Closed Today March 2nd

We will be closed today due to the high winds. As a reminder…all appointments will be shifted to their same time next Tuesday

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Pantry Closing

The food pantry will be closed tomorrow (Tue. 2/2/21) due to the storm. Stay safe everyone!

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Inventory Time

We are currently closed and unavailable while doing inventory. We will re-open Tuesday January 12th.

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Holiday Closing

After distributing the holiday boxes Tuesday morning from 8 – 10 am we will be closing and unavailable for the remainder of this holiday week. We will reopen Tuesday December 29th.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

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Closed due to winter storm

Due to the upcoming winter storm, we will be closed Thursday December 17, 2020 and will be shifting all appointments to their same time on Friday December 18, 2020. Stay safe!

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December 22nd, 2020 Holiday Box Distribution Volunteer Information

Date: 12/22/20
Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00/10:30 AM
Where: Loudon Town Offices (please park in the Rec. Field Parking Lot)
Requirement: Must be able to lift over 50 lbs.
Suggestion: Dress in layers (to stay warm)

A truck will be arriving with food approximately 7:00 AM. We need to unpack the pallets and prepare for the arrival of more food coming in from Loudon Food Pantry. Then we will be setting up for distribution.

After setup, volunteer duties will entail lifting boxes, produce, and poultry and putting in the vehicles. We may need someone to direct traffic as well.

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Turkey Correction

We got word after we released our articles to local papers that we need our turkey number for Thanksgiving before October 14th. By having this number early, it allows us to receive all our whole turkeys free. So, if you reside in Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester or Loudon NH and think you qualify for our food pantry, please call Sue at 724-9731 to get on the Thanksgiving Box list. If it goes to voicemail, just leave a message.

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