The Pantry has been in operation for over 30 years. Its organizers recognized that food insecurity is widespread and, for many families, chronic. The goal of the Pantry is to alleviate food insecurity, and the hunger and distress which result. The Pantry, which started in a closet in the pastor’s office, is housed in a room at the back of the Church.
During the Covid pandemic, the Pantry will strive to keep volunteers and participating family members safe from unnecessary exposure to the virus. To accomplish this, the Pantry is operating on a contactless curbside delivery model to families waiting in their vehicles or with their shopping carts. Participating families will have the opportunity to select from a list of the pantry’s shelf stable offerings, as well as: frozen items; household sundries; personal care items; infant and adult diapers when available. During summer vacation from school, bags of child-friendly supplemental groceries (e.g., peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, mayonnaise, cold cereal, shelf stable milk, apple sauce, juice, cookies) will be provided to families with children.
The Pantry serves hungry people who reside in the Town of Warwick New York. The only criterion required for an individual or family to receive assistance is demonstration of residence within the Town of Warwick, coupled with self-assessment of need. There is no other requirement to obtain service. The Pantry does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability or handicap, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran, nor does it require participation in religious prayer, services, ceremony, education, consultation or training, or participation in any religious event.
We are a food pantry, housed in a church. Our mission is to welcome the stranger and feed the hungry. Whatever our reason for volunteering—to give back, to pay it forward, to live our faith in our daily lives, or simply to keep ourselves occupied in retirement—we are doing God’s work on earth. And we shall do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. Amen.