Greenbank Church of Christ Food Pantry

 

A young couple had a dream ― a dream of feeding hungry people. Our member-stocked food closet to serve passersby was great, but for this young couple, it wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more.

So they did.

After painstaking research, hearty leadership approval, spirited volunteer recruiting, Delaware Food Bank training, and demanding set-up and bulk food purchasing, the Cedars Food Pantry so very recently just a dream ― became reality in November of 2012 when our Thursday night pantry opened.

That first night, four people came to us for food. Four. Within just a few weeks, word spread. Members and clients handed out cards with our pantry hours and location. People told each other in apartment complexes, on the street, everywhere. Soon, the line began to form long before the pantry would open, and it wrapped around the building.

Most weeks, 90-130+ households come to us, representing 250-300 or more individuals who receive enough food to feed their household three meals a day for three days. Some nights, we’ve given enough food for more than 3,000 meals!

We have volunteers who welcome clients, make coffee and provide snacks, staff the registration tables, host the waiting area after menus are complete (more coffee, more snacks), and direct our clients to a variety of information we’ve pulled together about food stamps and how to stretch those food dollars, employment, medical and dental help, literacy, AA and NA meetings, etc. One of our volunteers has even been trained to help our clients apply for food stamps while they are here with us! It is an exhausting time of great joy when we can connect with our neighbors in an exciting new way  feeding hungry bellies, speaking to hungry hearts.

A young couple had a dream ― a dream of feeding hungry people. So they did.

The Greenbank Church of Christ Food Pantry operates each Thursday, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

With proper identification, we provide three days worth of food (3 meals per day), for no charge. This is meant as a temporary help, for those in need.

Since our November 2012 inception, God has graciously enabled us with the means to provide food for tens of thousands of meals to our neighbors in need.

We appreciate our volunteers, both from within and outside our church, as well as the various businesses and contributors that partner with us in this wonderful ministry.

Food Pantry  Thursdays   

6:00-7:00 PM

The schedule for:  JUNE 2019

JUNE 6 – last names beginning A-D

JUNE 13 – last names beginning E-L

JUNE 20 – last names beginning M-R

JUNE 27 – last names beginning S-Z

First time pantry patrons may come on any week, regardless of which letters we are serving. This is a courtesy extended to first time patrons ONLY.

IF WE CLOSE BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER:

If the pantry will be closed because of bad weather, we will post a notice on the WDEL website.  Go to their website www.wdel.com and click on the SnoWatch link.  Postings will be made ONLY IF WE WILL BE CLOSED.
 
**For your own safely, please DO NOT come early to wait in line in extremely HOT OR STORMY weather.  Come at 6PM when the door opens, and you will be served.

Downloadable Documents

Pantry Discrimination Disclaimer

Pantry Acceptable IDs

Pantry Schedule