kent county’s community food pantry (the pantry)
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DESCRIPTIONKent County’s Community Food Pantry (The Pantry). A 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation established to provide nutritional food to Kent County families who are living at or below poverty level. The Pantry is located at Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Kent Countys Community Food Pantry (The Pantry)A 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation established to provide nutritional food to Kent County families who are living at or below poverty level. The Pantry is located at Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown.
Located at corner High & Mill Streets, P.O. Box 346, Chestertown, MD 21620 Telephone: 410-778-0550
KENT COUNTYS COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY P.O. BOX 346, 401 HIGH ST., CHESTERTOWN, MD 21620 410-778-0550 WEB ADDRESS: WWW.KENTFOODPANTRY.ORG
The Pantry) is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation established to provide nutritional food to Kent County families who are living at or below poverty level.
The Pantry is located at Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown (Mill St. entrance). It is open from 10 AM to 12 PM every Tuesday and Thursday and second Wednesday for 20 30 regular clients.
Almost all clients are referred to The Pantry by The Kent County Department of Social Services. Clients are only eligible for food assistance once every 30 days.
The Pantry must purchase 60% of the food that is distributed. Less than 40% is donated. About 10,000 pounds of food a month is distributed.
ContentsHistory of The Food PantryHours of OperationProfile of ClientsSource of Food and Most Needed Food ItemsA Typical Month at The Food PantryClient-Related Statistics2010 Income and ExpensesSupport for Backpack ProgramEat Better/Shop Smarter WorkshopsHunger Never Takes a Holiday
History of The Food PantryAn independent 501(3) (c) nonprofit corporation since 2001.Christ Church provides low-cost space and food storage.Independent Board of Directors that represent Kent County.Member of Maryland Food BankMember of the Chester Valley Ministers Association (CVMA)Established in 1991 by Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown.
Hours of OperationOpen from 10 AM to 12 PM every Tuesday and Thursday and second Wednesday for 20 30 regular clients.Almost all clients are referred to The Pantry by The Kent County Department of Social Services. Clients are only eligible for food assistance once every 30 days.
Profile of Clients
Profile of ClientsHalf of Kent County clients have children age 18 or younger.A large majority are females (71%).69% have annual incomes of $10,000 or less.47% are White and 48% are African-American.27% work full-time (13%) or part-time (14%). Most clients are between 30 and 64 (71%). Seniors (12%) and the young (17%) are the balance.Half of clients are from Chestertown and the rest in live in Rock Hall, Galena, etc.
Source of Food & Most Needed ItemsThe Pantry must purchase 60% of the food that is distributed. Less than 40% is donated. The Pantry distributes about 10,000 pounds of food a month.
Source of Food & Most Needed ItemsExamples of non-perishable foods that are purchased or donated: flour and sugar, dry cereal, canned tuna, chicken and salmon, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pork and beans, rice and pasta with meat
A Typical Month at the Food PantryProgram director Miriam Greenlee and dozens of volunteers provide food to about 200 different families during the month.Approximately 50 pounds of food are distributed to an average family.In 2010, 118,931 pounds of food were distributed to 612 different families.
A Typical Month at the Food PantryApproximately 30 different food items are provided to each family. Those items include:
Typical Food Items Distributed (about 35 different items/family)Sugar and flourPancake mix and syrupEggsPeanut butter and jellyTuna fishMayoCanned meatHash, gravy & beefBeans and rice Dry milkSpaghetti with meat balls in tomato sauce
Pasta with meatPork & beansCereal & oatmealCrackers and soupCanned tomatoesApple sauce and canned fruitCorn breadBeans and vegetablesMac & cheeseFresh produce in the summer
A Typical Month at the Food PantryJoe Baker and 4 to 6 volunteers pick up food from SuperFresh and unload food from Maryland Food Bank several times a month about 10,000 pounds of food are handled each month
A Typical Month at the Food PantryVolunteers check expiration dates and stack approximately thousands of pounds of donated food each month
Over 70 Volunteers Work at the Community Food PantryVolunteers greet clients, unpack hundreds of boxes of food, check labels of donated food, stack thousands of cans of food on shelves and do what is required to serve struggling Kent Co. families
Client-Related StatisticsThe number of people who need assistance in Kent County grows every year.
Client-Related Statistics2006 through 2010
Average for each yearFamilies Served per MonthTotal men, women and children per month20102005542009207544200816743020071193002006107267
Family Units Served Monthly:2008 -2011
Summary - 2010Serviced 612 individual families2,404 family-visits 3.9 visits per family
Number of Family Visits - 2010
Number of FamiliesPercent1 Visit to Pickup Food20133%2 Visits9015%3 times7212%4 Visits518%5 Visits447%6 Visits315%7 or more Visits12320%
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2010 Income and Expenses
Individual donors: $46,248Churches: $22,298Clubs/businesses: $10,937United Way: $13,459Kent Co. and State of MD: $2,000Weinberg Foundation: $10,700Value of non-cash items:Donated food: $55,795Volunteer hours: 1,500+
Purchased food and non-food items: $60,732Food director (salary and taxes): $13,103 Weinberg workshops: $6,637Office supplies, rent, telephone, postage and utilities: $5,393
Over One Thousand Students Qualify for Free Lunches in Kent Co. Public Schools
Kent County Schools: 2011-2012 School Year Total EnrollmentFree LunchReduced LunchTotal Free or RediucedPercent KC High School and Alternative School6542655532049%KC Middle School4501923923151%Elementary SchoolsGarnett2071321714972%Galena1845686435%Millington1811091011966%Rock Hall2081121913163%Worton2901521016256%Total Enrollment21741018158117654%
Data provided by J. Bramble, KCS Food Service 9/27/11
Backpack Program Helps Make Healthy Kids!Provides food assistance over the weekend to children in needProgram is national, but Kent County program is being run independentlyApproximately 50% of Kent Co. public school student participate in reduced lunch or free lunch program those children most in need are provided backpacksSchools with sponsors: Middle School and Galena, Garnett, Millington, Rock Hall and Worton Elementary Schools
Food Pantry is purchasing breakfast, lunch and snack items from Maryland Food Bank Churches are packing and delivering hundreds of food items to Kent County schools each week In September we purchased 1,464 pounds of food (98 cases -- $1,367)Examples: cereal bowls, white milk, juice, tuna, fruit snacks, noodles, ravioli, peanut butter crackers, applesauce, pudding, pop tarts and granola bars
Eat Better and Shop Smarter2010/2011 workshops, attended by over 100 clients, are supported by a grant from Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Grant and Washington College SIFE.Surveys are used to gauge changes in behaviors and attitudes. Dietitian has designed recipes and is helping clients deal with obesity, blood pressure and diabetes. Washington College SIFE is helping clients with budgeting and comparison shopping.
Marcia Yeager, a dietitian, and WC SIFE students discuss food purchases and budgeting, portion size and food labels.
Hunger Never Takes a HolidayThe Pantry needs your donated food every month.Support The Pantry with a contribution during Food Pantry Nov. fund drive and support the United Way. A donation of $50 will buy 3 bags of food for a family of four. Each month The Pantry distributes 600+ bags of food. For more information, visit: www.kentfoodpantry.org