In short, our one goal is to serve our neighbors who are in need. Our shoppers' needs are very real and whatever way we can help, we will.
The Pantry is open each weekend, and serves around 200 neighbors in need each week. The work starts on Friday, where food donations begin to come in. Volunteers work from 8am to 1pm, picking up food orders and donations, shopping local stores for discounted produce and stocking the shelves preparing for Saturday morning.
The pantry relies on these volunteers to help make each week successful. Once the pantry is full and the food has been stowed away, any upkeep needs are addressed. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer calendar.
Step inside the door of The Little Pantry on any given Saturday morning and the first area you will see is our living room. As the morning progresses, this room begins to fill with people waiting to shop. While waiting, we serve breakfast, snacks and coffee and you'll often find the room in good spirits. Promptly at 9am, many of our volunteers begin to numerically call shoppers and walk the aisles, helping each shopper select the food they'll take. After they've selected the items they can use, our volunteers help them pack the items into bags. This one-on-one setting allows a personalized experience and friendly interaction to make the shopper feel welcome, supported and encouraged. Once the shopper is ready to go, the volunteer begins working with another shopper.
Throughout the morning while shoppers are receiving food, there are often other services being offered. It's not uncommon for a volunteer to help with a resume, a volunteer CPA to offer help with tax questions, or a barber offering crisp, clean cuts for hair and beards. The Little Pantry believes in addressing the needs of its' neighbors, and while food is at the heart of the Pantry, these services can make a big impact on our neighbors in need.
From the moment a neighbor in need walks through the doors at the Pantry, they receive a warm welcome. We believe there is dignity in choice, and do not turn visitors away. Our shoppers are able to pick the food items they like, want or need and it is our sincerest hope that this bit of choice allows them the confidence and dignity to be proud.
To learn more about what a day at the Pantry is like, take a look at the clip below, presented by The Vanderbilt Public Relations Society.
Can Openers, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Socks and Reading Glasses. Monetary gifts and Food donations are always appreciated.
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