News from the Food Pantry July 2020
The generosity of our neighbors and friends continues to remind us that Elk/Chattaroy is indeed an extraordinary community. Just this afternoon the Pantry received a call from a local rancher who was donating (again) ground beef that has been processed by a USDA-approved meat packer. That means that this beef can be distributed to Pantry clients. Sources of quality protein are especially welcome during these times of economic uncertainty. This is the third donation from this rancher since the pandemic began earlier in the year.
The North County Food Pantry is also appreciative of the labor of many who volunteer in our Community Garden. Once again, Chris has taken on the task of managing, procuring, tending, and harvesting the garden. Lots of helpers make for light work…our thanks to David, Virgil, Dennis, Nathan, Milica, Jeanie, Doug, Dee, and Norman for so faithfully serving! Already rhubarb, asparagus, and radishes have been harvested and distributed to Pantry clients. Look for much more fresh and healthy produce from our own garden during the summer and fall.
The Pantry now has dairy and produce boxes for clients. The dairy boxes have included milk, cheese, butter, and half and half. The produce boxes have included broccoli, romaine, carrots, onions, potatoes, and apples. While the contents may change, rest assured that each box contains fresh and varied items. All Pantry clients are eligible to receive these boxes as long as they are available to us from Second Harvest.
The Pantry is looking ahead to new procedures as we move through the mandated phases of quarantine. In Phase 4 we will be allowed to serve up to 4 people in our lobby, with a requirement that all wear masks. Clients will be able to shop for their own grocery items again in Phase 4. Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future we are prohibited from serving a hot meal to clients. We will miss that time of socializing together in what the community has dubbed “The Gathering Place”, but this is beyond out control. Pantry volunteer staff has appreciated the cooperation and patience of our clients as we implement these mandated guidelines. Please know that we look forward to serving you now and in the future. And we are committed to doing so in a manner that is respectful and compassionate.
Come see us at 40015 N Collins on Mondays from 11-2 and Wednesdays from 9-noon. We serve clients in zip codes 99009, 99003 and those in 99156 who live in Spokane County. If you are interested in volunteering, call us at 292-2530 during hours of operation, or leave a message on our answering machine.
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.