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 2012, 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 2013.
Upcoming Events, Food Drives and Pantry News:
Our supplies from the government change each quarter. This quarter, we are receiving 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, and of course, peanut butter and jelly are a welcome donation, especially when school is out and children are not getting free or reduced lunches.
Thanks to additional donations during this season, we are providing each of our clients with a special Christmas bag. It contains 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. We will continue to hand out the bags during December. As a reminder to our volunteers and clients, the Food Pantry will not be open on Tuesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve), but will be open on Thursday, December 26th.
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 too deeply into the pantry’s other 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!
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.
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.
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.
Another very large food drive was recently completed by the employees of BB&T Bank in Fuquay-Varina. The employees not only collected and purchased food, they also came to the pantry to sort and shelve the donations. They are topping off their drive with the purchase and donation of a new refrigerator for the food pantry.
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.
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.