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Urgent Needs at Our Local Pantries

March 09, 2023

A Message from the Hunger & Homeless Team of WPC's Outreach Ministry

The three local pantries supported by WPC–FISH, Grove Christian Outreach Center and House of Mercy–are all reporting urgent needs for donations. Food insecurity has amplified recently due to a compounding of inflation, supply chain issues, and expiration of the COVID-related enhanced SNAP benefits. Please see below for specific needs and ways to contribute. Thanks, as always, for your generosity. 

Contact Jim Kirkpatrick or any member of the Hunger and Homeless team (listed in ShelbyNext) with any questions.

House of Mercy

In February, the Williamsburg House of Mercy distributed food to 3,984 individuals. As a result, our shelf-stable food stock is running very low. We are making every effort to continue twice-a-week food distribution, but are asking for help from our community partners.

Many thanks for your support,
Liz Buckley
Director of Development

Grove Christian Outreach Center

Grove Christian Outreach Center is in need of donations of CEREAL. We are seeking to add volunteers to our regular programming, please reach out to Lisa Falzone at to inquire.

Katie Patrick
Executive Director

FISH Food Sunday–March 19

Non-perishable donations can be dropped off in the rear lobby, in or near the grocery cart.

Our monthly food collection Sunday is more critical than ever.  The following items are especially needed this month:

  • Mayonnaise (small jars)
  • Grape jelly
  • Canned pastas (ravioli)
  • Beef stew
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry detergent, and
  • Feminine hygiene products.

An excerpt from the FISH February 2023 newsletter:

This month, I want to update you on some of the initiatives that we’re taking to try to lessen the impact the SNAP roll-back, inflation and supply-chain issues have had on our clients. ...the Board of Directors agreed to an increase in the amount of food provided to our clients and on January 23, revised “Quantity Guidelines” were placed in effect. These increases were across the board and positively affected all family sizes resulting in providing about 27 meals (9 days) rather than our previous 21 meals (7 days).

Warmest regards,
Jack Trotter

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