The Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry is a faith-based organization whose mission is to help as many area families as possible to ensure that they are not handicapped by hunger.
In 2013, we handed out over 6,922 boxes to needy families, which helped feed over 24,616 men, women and children, primarily in Fuquay Varina, Willow Spring and Holly Springs. We also handed out over 750 turkeys in November. We are anticipating similar numbers in 2014.
Upcoming Events, Food Drives and Pantry News:
Our supplies from the government change each quarter. This quarter, we continue to receive a lot of chicken. Ready-made meals that use chicken are a great donation. We are also in need of canned meat or fish, like canned tuna. Beans, green vegetables, corn and soup are also always in need. We are getting peanut butter from the food bank this month, so jelly or jam are a welcome donation, especially any time that school is out and children are not getting free or reduced lunches.
Thanks to additional donations during this season, we were able to provide each of our client families with a special Christmas bag. It contained sugar, baking and cake mix, oil, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, hot chocolate, cranberry sauce, gravy mix and a ham, all in a decorative red bag.
Holiday Donations Galore!
This holiday season saw not only an increase in monetary donations but also a large number of food drives. For example, the list below shows an estimate of donations delivered to the food pantry by some of the many groups and organizations this season:
F-V High School Key Club 500 lbs cans/food
Pre-Pharmacists Club at Campbell Univ. 800 lbs cans/food
Westlake Middle School 60 lbs cans/food
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 35 lbs cans/food
F-V Middle School 300 lbs cans/food
Windsor Point Nursing Home 300 lbs + Christmas Bags + $
Gingerbread Day Care 35 lbs cans/food
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church 50 lbs cans/food + $
Bob Barker 100+ lbs cans/food + $
Sydney Baker 50 cupcakes
F-V Presbyterian Church 125 lbs cans/food + $
Capstone Bank 150 lbs cans/food
Freight Handlers 180 lbs cans/food
Piney Grove Baptist Church 125 lbs cans/food
F-V Fire Department 850 lbs cans/food
Montessori School on Sunset Lake 150 lbs cans/food
Southern Wake Academy 215 lbs cans/food
Garden Hut 250 lbs cans/food
Spring Hill Community 130 lbs cans/food
Coley Farm Neighborhood $200.00
Piney Grove Baptist Church 30 lbs of fruit
F-V Town Hall, Teen Council 536 goodie bags
Magnolia Women’s Health 75 lbs cans/food
(And these are just a few of our many donors this holiday season, that included parties and neighborhood drives to support the needy in our area.)
This year we were especially busy, handing out turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy to over 750 families in the area. Thanks to the generous Thanksgiving donations from so many in our community, we were not forced to dip into the pantry’s regular operational funds.
And speaking of Thanksgiving, Coldwell Banker Main Street Associates donated 50 turkeys for distribution at the Food Pantry. Volunteer Laeron Roberts picked up and delivered the turkeys to the pantry on November 21st (pictured below).
Children find many ways to help fight hunger:
The students in the fourth grade classes of Mrs. Flanagan and Mrs. Nations at St. Mary Magdalene School in Apex came up with a clever way to help others. They cultivated an herb garden and later sold most of the herbs and even used mint to flavor lemonade, which they also sold. They combined this money with money from a bake sale and made a generous donation to our food pantry in Fuquay as well as the Western Wake Crisis Ministry in Apex. Great job!
Davis Drive Elementary’s Annual Drive:
A special thank you also goes to Davis Drive Elementary School for their successful food drive. The school collected over 100 boxes of food for our pantry again this year, filling more than three pick-up trucks and amounting to about 3,000 pounds. The citizens of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Willow Spring and throughout your community are grateful for your hard work and generosity.
Local children organize drives for the pantry:
Davis Kisinski and her brother, Jamie, ages 9 and 7 respectively, sold lemonade and cookies to raise money for the food pantry. They also organized a neighborhood food drive, collecting several boxes and bags of nonperishable goods. They raised and donated $84.00 as well as the cartload of food shown below.
A Special Birthday Present:
We also received a generous donation from Kara Dershem. Kara collected food donations at her 9th birthday party and delivered the food to the pantry. Check out her winning smile and generous face in the picture below, posing with the food she collected.
Fresh Produce Providers:
Local farmers, grocers and gardeners continue to supply us with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our clients are usually able to get fresh tomatoes, lettuce, squash, potatoes, yams and, more recently, corn and strawberries.
Think About Your Leftovers:
If your office or school has events scheduled that involve food, please consider our food pantry for leftover or unused nonperishable goods.
Funding is always needed:
Besides donations of food, please keep in mind that we are spending more funds than usual to make up for the decrease in government supplies and increase in clients. Therefore, monetary donations are always greatly appreciated and are put to good use to buy those things we need. Check out our “Donate” tab on this site for a sample Christmas card as a way to enhance your holiday giving. All donations go toward food and staples for our clients, or for maintenance of the food pantry facilities. None of our board or our volunteers receive a salary.