Food Pantry and Social Services

Independent Presbyterian Church

Food Pantry and Social Services The Community Ministries Department at IPC has a Social Services account from which we offer assistance with people in need to help pay utility bills and buy prescription medications.

In addition, we have a Food Pantry at IPC from which we provide groceries to families in need.

If you need help from IPC Social Services or Food Pantry

We primarily assist people through Social Services and the Food Pantry by appointment. Our financial assistance is done primarily by appointment  933-1687, on Monday mornings at 9:00 and leave a message. Our secretary, Mrs. Annette Carter, will be in touch to set up an appointment to meet with you about your needs. We can normally serve about 25 people per week with food assistance, and we receive many more calls than that per week, so it may take a couple of weeks before we can accommodate you, but we want to help, so please keep trying!

How can IPC members help with the Social Services Ministry?

Financial contributions are always needed for the Social Services account. Tax-deductible checks can be made out to “IPC Social Services.”

THE IPC FOOD PANTRY SIGN UP

Dear Members and Friends of IPC,

      The Food Pantry has been a mainstay program in our church for many years. We are grateful to the many parishioners who have been faithful supporters of the pantry during that time. Many of you bring food for the Pantry faithfully every week, each month or several times a year to help us assist our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families. Our clients include the elderly, those with disabilities or illnesses that do not allow them to work, and the working poor, many of whom are single parents or grandparents who are doing their best to raise their children or grandchildren and meet all their needs. However, because food donations naturally ebb and flow, we regularly deplete our available food donations and there are times we have to turn people in need away for lack of food on our Pantry shelves.  READ MORE...

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We ask that you please bring non-perishable food items to the IPC Food Pantry. Baskets are scattered around the church where you can leave your donations. There are suggestions for food items to buy each week in The Window and the Update and E-Update. Each fall, we have the Harvest for Hunger Food drive when we have a special call for members to bring food to the church to stock the pantry shelves for the holiday season, but hunger never takes a holiday and food donations are always needed! You can also contribute money to IPC Social Services and mark it “Food Pantry,” and we can use your money to buy food vouchers from Christian Service Mission for needy families.

When you come to church, please remember the Food Pantry.

A special thanks to all who have helped keep our Food Pantry stocked. We have seen an increase in food assistance requests, and it is gratifying to see how our congregation readily reaches out to those in need. A recipient is limited to two trips to the food pantry per year so you can see that the need is widespread.

It is our goal to see that each food assistance client has a bag of staples from our Food Pantry in addition to a $30 voucher to Christian Service Mission for two boxes which includes frozen meats and other frozen items and a 2nd box of non-refrigerated food.

Things we can always use

The Food Pantry can always use basic grocery items ~ peanut butter and jelly, crackers, cereal, grits, oatmeal, nutrition bars, soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, milk [canned or dry], canned meats [tuna, chicken, salmon], canned chili, packages of macaroni & cheese.

Office Help

We can always use help around our office: answering the phone as people call in to make appointments for financial and food assistance; or putting bags of groceries together for families to take home.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Rev. Susan Clayton or Annette Carter or (205) 933-3725.

Some things we cannot use

Opened packages and home-canned items. Also, we really cannot use commercial sizes [No. 10 cans of fruits or vegetables and 10 pound bags of items. Just think BASIC ~ Some items are hard to give away such as exotic coffees and teas, and left-over holiday candy. Also, we only distribute food for people: no pet food. A better place for donated pet food is an animal rescue organization.

Contact

Susan Clayton
Associate Minister,
Director of Community Ministries
205.933.3709

Annette Carter 
205.933.3725

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