News from the Food Pantry August 2020
The North County Food Pantry Community Garden is thriving with warm temperatures following early summer rains. Our raspberry plants are yielding beautiful fruit, so we welcome you to pick for your own use. We ask that you pick during Pantry hours: Mondays 11-2 and Wednesdays from 9-noon.
Second Harvest and Northwest Harvest have increased their support of local food banks as the COVID pandemic is affecting more and more of our neighbors. We have also been advised that a change in household income requirements will mean MANY more families will qualify for assistance. Please know that we welcome new clients and don’t want any in our community to experience food insecurity. You can stop by or call us at 292-2530 to determine your eligibility. You will never be asked to prove your income; all are asked to simply self-qualify based on household size and income. However, we do require identification and proof of address for all members of the household. (Only addresses in zip codes 99009, 99003, and Spokane County residences in 99156 are served by the North County Food Pantry.) Picture ID is required for the person who most often will be picking up food at the Pantry.
While we wish we could return to serving clients like we have in the past, it appears that this is our “new normal”. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we comply with county, state and federal government guidelines. Clients can enter our building only one at a time, must be wearing a face mask that covers both nose and mouth, and must maintain social distancing (6 feet). Volunteers will bring your groceries to your car and load them for you. We are unable to offer a meal to clients, or to allow you to “shop” for your own groceries. Know we are doing our best to serve you safely, efficiently and kindly.
If you need handicap equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, seat risers, commodes, crutches, or canes (or if you would like to donate items such as these), the Pantry does have a free lending program. These items often enable a person to stay at home during rehabilitation or illness rather than having to go into a nursing facility. Call us so we can help.
Lastly, New Hope Resource Center (the parent-organization under which the North County Food Pantry operates) has a new executive director. Her name is Jeanna Swanson and she has been a long-time volunteer with New Hope. Located on the campus of Colbert Presbyterian Church, New Hope provides comprehensive social services and referrals for people in Elk, Chattaroy, Mead and Colbert. Supported by local churches and generous community contributions, New Hope’s mission is to serve basic human needs in North Spokane County. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-1:30 and on Wednesday evenings from 6-8. You can reach them at 509-467-2900.
New Hope loves donations! Many donations are left after hours. If you are leaving donations after hours please make sure they are under our roof or under the youth house deck roof. If they are out in the rain and snow it will ruin many of the donations.