Ecumenical Food Pantry
Fighting Hunger in Our Community
Located in the former church rectory at 321 5th Street in Milford, the Ecumenical Food Pantry has been in continuous operation since 1981. Operating as a “client choice pantry”*, we provide supplemental and emergency groceries and toiletries to residents of Pike county who are facing food insecurity. Staffed completely by volunteers, the pantry is open weekly on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. In addition to regular weekly distributions, we offer enhanced food offerings at Thanksgiving and Christmas that may include holiday meal staples such as turkeys and hams and other groceries for a festive meal. We are also the local distribution site for a federally subsidized monthly food box program for senior citizens living on limited incomes. The pantry is a member of The Feeding America Network.
Support Our Mission
Hunger is a reality in our own backyard. For residents of Pike county, hunger persists with 10.2% of the county’s residents experiencing food insecurity. For children, one in five experiences food insecurity. Last year we served over 60,000 pounds of groceries to our families.
How You Can Help
Donating healthy food:
- Nonperishable items can be dropped off at the pantry at any time and placed in the large blue containers on the far-right side of the front porch.
- Fresh produce and meat are always welcome. The best times are mid-day Thursdays and Fridays when volunteers are working in the Pantry
- For large or special donations contact Nancy Potter, the pantry director at (570) 618-1568 or email us at email@example.com.
As a self-sustaining ministry or Good Shepherd Church and the church’s largest all-volunteer ministry, we strive to pay our own expenses. In addition to fixed expenses for insurance, electric, garbage collection, exterminator, rent and more, we purchase supplemental healthy foods when needed to ensure an adequate balanced supply for our guests.
- Your tax deductible financial donations are always needed and greatly appreciated
- You can donate by check- payable to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County and mailed to 321 5th St., Milford, PA, 18337
- You can donate online through our “Donate Now” button Donate now
Giving Your Time – A meaningful and uplifting experience:
The pantry is led and staffed entirely by volunteers. The volunteer director is Nancy Potter from Good Shepherd Church. Pantry volunteers come from the community, with teams from the Milford United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, and two community-based teams, along with members of the Boy and Girl Scouts.
- We always need additional volunteers and there are many different opportunities, including picking up and sorting donations, distributing food on Friday evenings, assisting with communications (newsletters, social media), raising community awareness, and publicity. If interested, please contact Nancy Potter by phone at (570) 618-1568 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are in need of our services, you can come to the pantry any Friday evening between 6:30 and 7:30 PM to sign up for assistance. Please bring with you proof of Pike county residence, verification of income, and birth certificates for family members under age 18.
* Client Choice Pantry
Most of us take for granted the choices we make when we go to the grocery store. We stroll down the aisles and pick from a wide variety of foods. We are in control of what goes into our baskets. We attempt to apply this same concept at the Ecumenical Food Pantry. This is in contrast to distributing bags that are already filled with pre-selected groceries. We believe choice creates an atmosphere of dignity for our clients. Whether the trip to the pantry is a once a year or once a week occurrence, there are food supply issues in the family. Food needs cause worry and embarrassment that can either be magnified or minimized depending on the style of pantry operation. The choice pantry allows families the dignity of choosing their own food. Since families choose what they like and what will be useful to them, there is little waste.