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 2015, we handed out over 5,500 boxes to needy families, which helped feed over 20,000 men, women and children, primarily in Fuquay Varina, Willow Spring and Holly Springs. We also handed out over 700 turkeys for Thanksgiving last year. We are anticipating a need for at least this many clients this year.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, Coldwell Banker Realtors donated 95 turkeys to the food pantry this year. Volunteer Laeron Roberts picked up and delivered the turkeys to the pantry for us. (pictured below).
Tiger makes the Food Pantry Scene:
The Adcock family purchased this tiger and made a generous donation to our Food Pantry in memory of Buck Adcock.
Special Food giveaways:
This past summer, from May to August, we distributed 564 bags of extra food for families with children who were tracked out of school. We spent just under $26.00 per bag and each contained syrup pancake mix, graham crackers, breakfast cereal bars, snack crackers, applesauce, canned pasta with meat sauce (i.e. spaghetti-o), mac-and-cheese, granola bars, Ramen noodles, fruit drink mix, toaster pastries, grape jelly and a pack of hot dogs. Thanksgiving bags and turkeys have already been mentioned, but this year we included extra food for Christmas as well, to include hams, baking mixes, hot chocolate, sugar and other goodies. For Easter this year we are also adding an extra ham to our clients’ regular meat allocation.
Food Drives Continue to help us stay in stock:
Many children continue to organize their own food drives and bring donations to the pantry. For this, we are most grateful. Our fire department has also been great about collecting food items for the pantry.
Local children organize drives for the pantry:
Cole and Cameron Burke held a food drive and a book drive in their neighborhood. They are shown here with their haul of donated food and books when they delivered them to the pantry.
Neighborhood Food Drives:
Caleigh Rogalski organized a food drive in her Saddle Run neighborhood in Fuquay-Varina while her friend Samantha organized a similar drive in her Holly Springs neighborhood. These enterprising young ladies (age 12) made and distributed flyers, advertised on neighborhood Facebook pages, collected the donations and then delivered them to the Food Pantry, filling Caleigh’s mother’s SUV.
Wee Play’s Play Group:
Stacie Borrello and her son Jackson delivered a trunk load of groceries collected by members of the play group and their families.
Piney Grove Baptist Youth Group:
Church groups are a wonderful source for bringing in dry goods for our clients while experiencing the good feelings that come with helping others. Pictured below some members of Piney Grove Baptist’s Youth Group delivering some of the items they collected.
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 180 boxes of food for our pantry this year, amounting to about 5,000 pounds of dry goods. The citizens of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Willow Spring are grateful for your hard work and generosity.
A Special Birthday Present:
Some children decided that instead of receiving presents for themselves, they would collect presents (namely, food) for others. Paisley Weathersbee had her guests bring food to her 2nd birthday party, while Kara Dershem decided to collect food for her 9th birthday.
Making good use of old toys:
Kyle VanSteenbergen sold his Lego toys that he had outgrown and raised $75.00. He donated his money to the pantry to help provide food for those less fortunate. Way to go, Kyle.
Baking for Others:
These children baked pumpkin and apple pies and then sold them, donating all of the money to the food pantry.
Thanks to the generosity of our local grocers, church gardens, farmers and gardeners, we are able to provide fresh produce for our clients on a regular basis. One client remarked “Thank you, thank you. As a diabetic, I am not able to eat a lot of the boxed and canned goods or the breads, so it is so nice that there is fresh produce available. I cannot afford to get it in the stores.” We are pleased to pass along her gratitude to our providers.
This year we were especially busy, handing out turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy to over 700 families in the area. Thanks to the generous Thanksgiving donations from so many in our community, we were not forced to dip much into the pantry’s regular operational funds. Your generous sponsorships paid for over two-thirds of our costs for the Thanksgiving dinners.
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.