Com­mu­nity Food Pantry re­plen­ished

The Covington News - - LOCAL - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

The well-stocked shelves at the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry have di­rec­tor Ros­alee Thomp­son thank­ing the com­mu­nity and or­ga­ni­za­tions for their do­na­tions.

Af­ter a plea for more food do­na­tions last month, Thomp­son said sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­nity mem­bers came call­ing, do­nat­ing food and much-needed sup­plies to the pantry that helps fam­i­lies in need of their next meal.

Thomp­son said food and mone­tary do­na­tions started com­ing in a week or so af­ter the pantry had to close for a few days due to the lack of food and sup­plies. The Cov­ing­ton News fea­tured a front­page story about the pantry’s dire need.

On Tues­day, Thomp­son sifted through en­velopes stuffed with mone­tary do­na­tions made out to the shel­ter.

Snap­ping Shoals EMC and the women’s min­istry at Gum Creek Pres­by­te­rian Church are just two of the or­ga­ni­za­tions that do­nated money to the pantry.

Thomp­son said mone­tary do­na­tions are used to buy ad­di­tional food for the pantry.

She added that she makes sure to send per­sonal thank-you notes to those who do­nate money.

Vol­un­teers also sort- ed through carts Tues­day morn­ing, plac­ing canned goods and other food sup­plies on the ap­pro­pri­ate shelves.

Rows of canned corn and green beans, jars of peanut but­ter, boxes of ce­real and other food do­na­tions filled the shelves, which were bare just a month ago.

“It’s look­ing good now, and we’ve got­ten a lit­tle ex­tra,” Thomp­son said. “We ex­press thanks to the ones who helped us get out of the hole ... we’re still hang­ing in there.”

The Com­mu­nity Food Pantry, a tax-ex­empt or­ga­ni­za­tion un­der the New­ton County Min­is­ters Union, opened in 1987 as a co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort of lo­cal churches.

The pantry typ­i­cally av­er­ages serv­ing about 10 fam­i­lies in a day, Thomp­son has said.

The pantry’s food do­na­tions come from a num­ber of churches, in­di­vid­u­als, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses and schools.

The United Way also do­nates funds to the pantry, and the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry works closely with the Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices; Faith Works, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that as­sists fam­i­lies in fi­nan­cial cri­sis; and the Sal­va­tion Army.

Fam­i­lies in need of food and sup­plies are screened Mon­day and Thurs­day morn­ings, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Tues­days and Fri­days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies re­ceive food and other sup­plies at the pantry.

Do­na­tions of food and sup­plies can be dropped off at 7125 Turner Lake Cir­cle SW, Cov­ing­ton, Mon­days and Thurs­days from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Tues­days and Fri­days from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mone­tary do­na­tions can be sent to: The Com­mu­nity Food Pantry, 1169 Clark St., Cov­ing­ton, GA 30014.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 770-784-0037.

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Shelves are fill­ing back up at the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry.

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Ros­alee Thomp­son, di­rec­tor of the food pantry, opens one of the do­na­tions.

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