Help for The Pantry

18 Oct

When I went to drop off the EatingOxford.com donation of $1,000 to The Pantry last week (thank you to everyone who came out to my anniversary event for helping to make this donation possible!), I was lucky enough to have longtime Pantry volunteer June Rosentreter show me around the facility.

What concerned me most were the number of bare shelves inside The Pantry despite the fact that the facility helps feed more than 400 people every month, including elderly residents who are homebound. Help comes from multiple sources such as the Memphis Food Bank and local grocers such as Walmart and Big Star (Kroger has yet to assist, so if you know anyone there, maybe you can help pull some strings). Even with this help, however, the number of Oxonians who need assistance continues to grow, resulting in a greater need for people like you and me to help when we can.

If you’re someone who likes to volunteer, The Pantry is always looking for folks to help organize food drives and to volunteer at the facility. Call 662-832-8001 if this sounds like something up your alley. If you’d be interested in helping to deliver food to the homebound, call June directly at 662-234-8063.

Food drives are an easy and fun motivational event to organize anywhere (offices, schools, restaurants, etc.). You can also drop off bags or boxes of food at any time (at your convenience) on the porch of The Pantry—day or night—at 713 Molly Barr Road (next door to the Oxford Police Department).

June provided the following wish list of food items that The Pantry is always in need of:

  • 1 lb. box oatmeal – regular or 1 minute
  • 1 lb. bag orbox  2minute grits
  • 1 lb. package spaghetti
  • 1 lb.  bag rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meats
  • Canned evaporated milk
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned soup:   chicken noodle
  • Canned beans
  • Snack puddings and pudding mixes
  • Dry milk
  • 5 lb. bag sugar
  • 5 lb. bag self rising flour
  • 5 lb. bag self rising meal
  • 1 ½ pints or 24 oz.  bottle of Canola or vegetable oil
  •  Peanut Butter

Note:  More people can be served if smaller bags of food such as rice, cereal, dry milk, etc. are provided rather than large bags.  This also leaves less likelihood of waste.

11 Responses to “Help for The Pantry”

  1. Anonymous April 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Can someone please provide an address where monetary donations may be mailed?

  2. B November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I just delivered all of the donations from my office to The Pantry this morning. When I scheduled the drop off I made sure to mention that I was prompted to organize the drive because of your blog. They were very happy to receive our donations and I just wanted you to know that it might not have happened were it not for your blog entry. Good job and Happy Holidays!!!!

    • eatingoxford November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      That is awesome! Thanks so much! We’re currently collecting items at work for the Thanksgiving holiday to donate to The Pantry as well. I hope more Oxonians will feel inspired to give this year.

      Liz

  3. Nancy October 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    The Lafayette QUEST! program is hoping to hold a food drive before the Thanksgiving holiday. We are hoping to be in front of Kroger but at the least we are going to collect items at school and deliver to the Pantry.

  4. Susan Martin October 19, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    The Oxford Ole Miss Rotary club has been doing food drives for the Pantry for the last two months. When we toured the facility, we were told there is a big need for jelly (they receive peanut butter and bread, but no jelly) and for canned meats and soups, especially during the colder months. Thank you for all your help!

    Susan Martin

    • eatingoxford October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      That’s great news about all of your food drives, Susan! And thanks for letting us know about the shortage of jelly. What’s a pb&j without the j, right?
      Liz

  5. Alicia October 19, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I just emailed my boss about doing a food drive as well! I am going to email Kroger via their customer service and call to speak to a manager later. I shop here and its very disappointing that they haven’t donated locally, when Walmart has! Thanks for the information and the hard work on your event, I hope to make it next year!

    • eatingoxford October 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks, Alicia. So happy to hear that you’ll be organizing a food drive and contacting Kroger! We need more folks like you. 🙂
      Liz

  6. paige October 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    UM Grad School will be doing a drive starting ASAP! Thanks for this info.

    • eatingoxford October 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      That’s great news! Good luck with the food drive!

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