The United Methodist Food Pantry provides the food insecure families of Taylor County with enough food and hygiene items for one week. Clients may visit the Food Pantry once a month and must bring identification for each member of the household.
The Food Pantry typically serves 180 families each week and a monthly food bank bill can range from $4,000 to $7,000 depending on the what food is available at the Food Bank each week. Last year 7,879 low income families were served by the Food Pantry.
During the month, over 500 volunteers work to sort and bag food, greet clients, and check them into the computer. This allows us to decrease overhead and allocate more resources to the purchase of food.
The United Methodist Food Pantry operates on the mandate that it is our belief to help as many low income families as possible by providing food and basic hygiene needs. In 2005, 480 families were served by the Food Pantry and that number grew to 7,879 families receiving food in 2017, which amounted to 17,223 individuals.
In addition to the routine food distribution, the Food Pantry also provides a whole turkey and the fixings for the needy to be distributed the week of Thanksgiving. In 2017, the ingredients for 325 families received groceries for a Thanksgiving meal. The food each family received was valued at $40, which was an additional $13,000 expense. The number of meals distributed is limited to the number of extra donations received.
A goal of the Food Pantry is to continue to meet the needs of Taylor County. Currently we are experiencing more retired families needing food assistance, as well as other low income families (unemployed, underemployed, disabled, Social Security and SSDI recipients). It is important to note the poverty level in Taylor County is $1,000 a month. We have many families that are trying to survive on that income We appreciate your support as The United Methodist Food Pantry meets the needs of the food insecure of Taylor County.
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