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WHAT HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY AT THE PANTRY?
October 27, 2015
  • Clients come by the Pantry at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church each Thursday between 2:30 and 4:30 pm. 
  • They are greeted by Beach, Treat, and other volunteers present.
  •  The Pantry has a list that articulates how much food clients may take with them which depends upon the size of the family. 
  • Clients select their stores.  Usually visitors leave with three pieces of meat each week.
  • New applicants are asked to complete paperwork and return it the next time they come.OCT 27 APPLES images
HOW DOES THE FOOD
GET TO THE PANTRY?
  • The Food Pantry must purchase its food, much of which is USDA surplus; it does so with the donation ollars.  The Pantry spends approximately $200 to $250 per week; holidays costs can go to $1,000.
  • The Pantry purchases most food from Gainesville-based Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, a private non-profit organization founded in 1987, which collects, sorts, stores, and distributes donated food and basic essentials to more than 160 non-profit feeding programs and partner agencies.  They have purchasing power; they serve Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy County. 
  • Bread of the Mighty sells food to the Food Pantry at a significantly reduced rate as they are a non profit, buy in bulk, and distribute locally.  Items may be purchased for as little as $0 .18 a pound and loaves of bread at $o.10. 
  • Beach and other volunteers select, purchase, load, transport, deliver to Cedar Key, unload, and ultimately distribute the stores.
  • Beach stores and refrigerates much food in Gainesville on her property before it can be delivered to Cedar Key.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? and
CONCERNS OF BEACH AND TREAT?
will be the subject of tomorrow’s article.

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