The Newburgh Area Food Pantry is located on St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish property, sharing the building with Mother Teresa's Treasures. This outreach ministry started in the 1970's at Epworth United Methodist Church. It is staffed with volunteers from several area churches, & is supported financially by many others. This is a community problem and we would like for the entire community to take a stand and help out with donations and volunteering. The criteria to be served at our pantry is simple. They must live in Newburgh or Yankeetown and meet some income eligibility guidelines. They are entitled to come every 30 days, at which time they can shop for themselves with a guideline, or take the pre-bagged food we have put together. Either way, they end up with about 5 bags of groceries...more than at any other pantry!
We pride ourselves in being the only ones to offer laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, misc. paper products, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, and bar soap. These are necessary items that cannot be purchased with Food Stamps. We also offer some basic over the counter medications, such as aspirin, alcohol, peroxide, bandages,& cold remedies, but we have a whole section dedicated to kids called "KID'S CORNER". Here we stock diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, shampoo, bubble bath, kid's toothpaste & brushes, cold remedies, pain relievers & their own Band-Aids & vitamins.
We are currently serving 155 families per month--just from Newburgh. We turn away about 10 per week because they live out of area, but we refer them to another agency nearby. We provide Turkeys/hams at Thanksgiving and Christmas along with all the fixings, plus a gift for each family member. At back to school time, we provide various school supplies. As you can see, this Labor of Love is most appreciated in the community and is constantly seeking ways to make money so we do not have to compromise our standards and give less food.
Please consider how you might help us. either monetarily, collecting food, or volunteering. It is a very humbling, yet rewarding experience.
For additional information, please call:
Kathy Hedge (845) 853-6181