About

Statement of Purpose:
Families handicapped by hunger are more likely to fail in their pursuit of life’s dreams. The Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry is a faith-based organization whose mission is to remove that handicap for as many families as possible within this area and has served since 2001.

History:
The Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry was incorporated as a nonprofit, faith-based organization in September, 2001. A number of churches were, at the time, striving to individually address the problem of hunger in the western Wake, western Johnston and northern Harnett counties. All were well intended, however the results were quite meager considering the magnitude of the problem. Realizing this great shortfall, a number of these churches banded together, consolidated their resources and created one central Food Pantry to serve clients throughout this area.

Located on West Academy Street in Fuquay, the Food Pantry occupies approximately 2,500 square feet of floor space. It is open to serve clients on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons of each week, providing a wholesome box of food (canned vegetables, soup, meats, cereals, and bread). To this we add frozen meat, fresh eggs, rice, peanut butter and, when in season, fresh vegetables and fruits. We try to make it sufficient to feed a family for a full week. For special holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and sometimes Easter, clients receive a special bag with side dishes and condiments to go with a turkey or ham sufficient for a family dinner.  Over 700 turkeys were distributed during the most recent Thanksgiving week, and a special bag of baking goods such as flour, sugar, oil and other goodies were normally provided for Christmas.

Beginning with a few dozen clients per month in 2001, the volume has steadily increased over the years. We are currently serving over 500 families per month. When available, we have also distributed space heaters to some clients during the winter months and fans during the summer months.  We have also assisted with the delivery of firewood to some homes that burn wood for heat in the winter, and have “relocated” gently used appliances and beds to families in need.

Support:
Financial support for the Food Pantry operations derives from individual contributions; grants from towns, foundations and church denominations; and contributions from churches, businesses and civic clubs. Food is received from the NC Food Bank (approximately 30% of the total inventory), plus from numerous food drives by the area schools, civic organizations, churches and private businesses. Inventory is also purchased at steep discounts from local supermarkets. These same supermarkets contribute their day-old bread and sweets, as well as deli items nearing their expiration date.  In 2014, we also began receiving meat from the Kroger market on Broad Street, and in 2015 from Food Lion on Main Street.  If we receive excess donations, volunteers transport the items to local retirement homes or churches for redistribution.

Background:
Located on West Academy Street in Fuquay, the Food Pantry provides service to citizens living in Fuquay Varina, parts of Holly Springs, Willow Springs and other residents in Wake and Harnett Counties. Officially titled “The Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry,” we have also been referred to as the Fuquay Varina Food Bank, Fuquay Varina Food Pantry, FV Food Pantry or simply FVEFP. Whatever the title, we are made up of local volunteers who strive to give back through our service and our continued operations depend on the ongoing generosity and charity of our community, which have never been in short supply.

Income Qualifications for TEFAP Clients:
We are an emergency food pantry and always provide assistance to each family or person who stops in.  However, to receive the portion provided through TEFAP (the 25 to 30 percent we receive from the federal government), our clients must meet certain income criteria.  Currently, the guidelines are as shown below:

Household gross income must be at or below for household size:

HH Size            Annual                     Monthly                        Weekly
1                         $23,544                    $1,962                            $453
2                         $31,872                     $2,656                           $613
3                         $40,200                    $3,350                           $773
4                         $48,504                    $4,042                           $933
5                         $56,832                     $4,736                         $1,093
6                         $65,160                     $5,430                         $1,253
7                         $73,464                     $6,122                          $1,413
8                         $81,792                     $6,816                          $1,573
Each addl.           $8,328                       $694                              $160
Also, if the clients currently participate in a Food and Nutrition Services Program (such as food stamps), they are automatically qualified to receive TEFAP and the income scale does not apply.

What our clients need to bring:
Besides normal identification, we ask that our clients bring something recent that has their current address on it.  This can be something like a water or electric bill, rental agreement or other documentation that shows that they live in the area that we serve.  We also update our files with the number who live in the household, so they may need to bring proof of those who reside with them, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, Medicaid cards, or other identification.  We do not keep this information but look at it to verify our count to make sure we are giving the correct amount of food for the household.  They do not have to bring proof of income but will have to verify their status or income verbally and sign an eligibility form.

Nondiscrimination policy (English and Spanish):
The food pantry receives some assistance from the US government and follows the nondiscrimination policy of the USDA which prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

La despensa de alimentos recibe alguna ayuda del Gobierno de Estados Unidos y sigue la política de no discriminación del USDA que prohíbe la discriminación en todos los programas y actividades sobre la base de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad y en su caso, sexo, estado civil, situación familiar, estado parental, religión, orientación sexual, creencias políticas, información genética, represalia, o porque todo o parte de los ingresos de los individuos se deriva de cualquier programa de asistencia pública.