For our December First Saturday Social, FCN will once again ask everyone to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Thomas Park Food Pantry. The Thomas Park Food Pantry has been in operation for nearly twenty years and has grown from being a small ministry run by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to a much larger enterprise assisted by several other churches. The first year of its operation, the pantry provided a total of 150 bags to those needing assistance.
Today the pantry distributes nearly 300 eight- to ten-pound food bags on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The food is purchased primarily from America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. They also receive donations of bread from Panera Bread as well as other occasional institutional gifts and various canned goods the church’s parishioners donate. The work of packing and distributing the bags is done by volunteers.
The pantry operates from its own building on the grounds of St. Paul’s. The recipients of their efforts are largely elderly, and mostly from the inner-city. The bags are intended as a supplement to those trying to make ends meet from month to month. At the present time, it costs us about $1,000 to distribute 600 bags a month.
PLEASE bring as many items as you can to the December Social for the food drive, and representatives from the Pantry will be there to accept them on behalf of those in need!