“There’s very little greed — but a lot of gratitude at the Pantry,” says Noel Laing, who finds volunteering at the Rappahannock Food Pantry rewarding. Noel is a “regular”; every Thursday morning you’ll find him at the Pantry, unloading food, stocking shelves and issuing donor receipts. Pantry director Mimi Forbes needs a few more regulars like Laing for the Tuesday morning (9 to 12:30) and afternoon (12:30 to 4) shifts and for Saturdays (9 to 2). To volunteer call the Pantry at 540-675-1177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A generous Flint Hill resident made a second $5,000 donation to the Pantry. Another anonymous (and repeat) donor stocked our freezers with 657 pounds of beef. Thank you, ladies!
Other standout donors in September were Steve Welch (902 pounds of bread), Trinity Episcopal Church (425 pounds of various food items), the Amissville Ruritan Club (250 pounds of canned and boxed food), Williams Orchard (307 pounds of peaches), Sunnyside Farms (130 pounds of vegetables and 49 dozen eggs) and David Morrow (224 pounds of produce and 4.5 dozen eggs).
Last month, three of the 10 members of the Dan Foos family delivered 345 pounds of food from Catholic Charities. Home-schooled kids Lisa and Walter Foos brought winning smiles, great attitudes and strong backs to the job.
Are you a Costco shopper? Costco was selling eggs in bulk for 50 cents a dozen for seven dozen eggs. If you buy some for the Pantry, we’ll repackage them in empty egg cartons. Our recipients love eggs.
Toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, bar soap and lotion are popular at the Pantry. If you have hotel or motel toiletries from your travels that you can’t use, we’d love them.
We’re working with the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Thrift Store to develop vouchers that Pantry clients can exchange for Thrift Store clothing. Since we don’t have room enough to accept clothing donations, this is a good alternative.
Join us at the third annual Rappahannock Apple and Vegetable Peel at Rappahannock Elementary School at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. The “Great Peel” is a community effort to bring locally grown food to our county school children. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support Rappahannock growers. Bring an apron, paring knife, peeler, apple corer and cutting board.
The curtain seems to have come down abruptly on summer and the holidays approach. We’ll distribute Thanksgiving boxes to more than 250 families. The turkeys are ordered and we expect some of the fixings from schools but we’ll need more. We’d love donations of canned green beans, cranberry sauce, yams and pumpkin, as well as instant mashed potatoes and stuffing mix. We’re short on storage space, so please wait until November to bring Thanksgiving basket items. We’ll need a slew of volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 20 to assemble the boxes and on the following Monday and Tuesday to distribute them.
Volunteers, donors — heck, all friends of the Food Pantry — note that we’re planning a post harvest, mid-holiday volunteer celebration on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4.