The Hunger Sucks, Food Rocks Walk/Ride on Saturday went great! The weather was super nice! Thanks to The CUCC’s Outreach Committee, all the walkers and riders for a wonderful day! The goal for this walk was $2,000. As you can see, they surpassed their goal!
The walk originally raised $2,535 for the pantry.
More money kept coming in…now the figure is $2,725. Because we are still waiting for a few last minute donations, this figure will increase as well.
On Thursday we received a generous donation of 350 pounds of potatoes. Our patrons were ecstatic! Thank you, Eggshell!
As some of you may know, Monday is a day we use to prep for the week to come. Typically volunteers usually start coming in on Tuesdays. So at times, I need to do pantry or event stuff outside the pantry itself. If I will not be here for any reason it will be posted on our website and our facebook page. So please check before dropping in on a Monday.
Loudon Food Pantry will be closed at 1:00 PM today (Monday, September 25th). I have donations to pick up, administrative running around to do and Halloween Party items that need to be done.
We will re-open Tuesday, September 26th at 10:00 AM.
In August of 2017, we gave out enough food for 7,108 meals to be made. Our monthly average this year so far is 5,891 meals.
In August of 2016, it was 4,817. Our average in 2016 for the same time frame as above was 5,063 meals. That is an 828 meal per month increase over the prior year.
Normally when a person goes to a food pantry, they are shown a list of available foods and asked to check off their preferences. Then the list is taken and bags or boxes of filled. It’s worked for a long time, so why change it. Right? The problem is that people would get the food they or their family didn’t like and wouldn’t eat. They would give the food away or worse, leave it on their shelf until it went out of date and needed to be thrown away.
Earlier this year, we instituted self-shopping. Using their shopping list that tells them what their limits are, our people come in to shop the shelves themselves. This allows them to pick what they like and the brands they like.
By using this process, we also found that people have time to think about what they have at home and only take what they need instead of getting what they don’t want.
In retrospect, this was a good change for everyone concerned. It also gives us time to restock the shelves while people are shopping. Also, to make shopping more comfortable for people with children, we created a kids playroom. Our people were so happy with the idea, about 95% of the items in the playroom were donated by the people that come in to get food. Win Win all around!
As you can see, our stock is very low. The Gift of Lights does not usually start until after Thanksgiving (we consider ourselves fortunate that we receive the food donations from that event). We still have to make it up until then and through Thanksgiving. Please donate food today so that we can continue to feed those in need!
Please bring donations to Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10 AM – 1 PM and 3 PM – 6 PM and Wednesdays 10 AM – 1 PM.
We are elated to share that Loudon Food Pantry has been chosen by the Franklin NH Hannaford as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program! Every time the specially designed reusable Fight Hunger bag is purchased at the 952 Central St., Route 3, Franklin NH Hannaford during the month of October, we receive $.25. This is truly a great opportunity for us! Please visit the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy the Fight Hunger bag with the message “This bag has helped feed someone in need”.
There’s still time to sign up for Canterbury’s Hunger Sucks, Food Rocks Walk / Ride. This will be in place of the annual CROP Walk and will ensure that Loudon Food Pantry receives 100% of the donations. This event takes place Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 am. Interested? Click here to sign up.