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.
Have you met Kate? Click on the link below to watch a short video about Kate (and many children like her) struggling with hunger.
In 2011, we handed out over 7,000 boxes to needy families, which helped feed over 22,000 men, women and children, primarily in Fuquay Varina, Willow Spring and Holly Springs. We are anticipating similar numbers in 2012.
Our Thanksgiving dinner giveaway costs went up tremendously, mostly due to the cost of turkeys. We put out a call to the community for help and your response was overwhelming. We received a multitude of gifts ranging from $20.00 to $1,000.00 during the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Donations reached around $10,000.00, covering about two-thirds of our costs, and we were able to provide turkeys, stuffing, vegetables and other items to about 680 families in our community. We are very grateful for the many, many gifts we received and we are blessed by the generosity of this community.
Upcoming Events, Food Drives and Pantry News:
Our supplies from the government have changed and we are now receiving mostly chicken. Ready-made meals that use chicken are a great donation. We are also in need of canned meat or fish, like canned chicken and tuna. Beans, green vegetables, corn and soup are also in need, and of course, peanut butter and jelly are always a welcome donation.
A special thank you goes to Davis Drive Elementary School for their successful food drive. Your school collected over 100 boxes of food for our pantry, filling three pick-ups. The citizens of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Willow Spring and throughout your community are grateful four your hard work and generosity.
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.
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 and sweet potatoes plus other produce when they come in.
If your office or school has events scheduled that involve food, please consider our food pantry for leftover or unused nonperishable goods.
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. Therefore, monetary donations are always greatly appreciated and put to good use to buy those things we need. Check our 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.