‘We need space’: Vicksburg food pantry in time crunch to find new home – The Vicksburg Post

Rolling a shopping cart down a crowded aisle of a grocery shop can be discouraging, primarily if the item one is hunting for is not readily available.

Then there are the long checkout strains — the kinds that put the chocolate chip ice product in peril. Browsing for groceries can be exasperating, monotonous and often just downright tiresome.

Yet, the different would be scary. Just think about, not owning the funds to acquire a loaf of bread or a can of beans, significantly significantly less a gallon of ice product.

Regrettably, there are individuals in Vicksburg who will need guidance and because 2002, the Storehouse Local community Food items Pantry has been delivering that assist.

On the other hand, it is now the meals pantry that is in require of aid. The 501(c)3 non-profit group needs a new room.

Due to the fact 2018, the Storehouse Community Foods Pantry has been situated in a rented place presented by Fantastic Shepherd, also a non-gain group whose providers include supplying childcare to the local community.

Bill Mounger, who is past president of the foods pantry, stated Superior Shepherd’s preschool and aftercare system is increasing, and the house that is currently occupied by the food stuff pantry will be desired for their growth.

Mounger reported they will have to be out of the developing by the to start with of November, which leaves them very little time to locate an readily available place.

“We would appreciate to be capable to acquire a creating to use as our everlasting property,” Mounger stated, but to do so would jeopardize money utilised to purchase foods supplies. “Since we do not have a guaranteed ongoing supply of money, this kind of a invest in would leave us without funds to buy groceries, pay back insurance policies, maintenance, etc.”

Hence, Mounger said, they are searching for a facility that does not charge lease or at minimum not a massive rate, has at minimum 2,000 sq. ft that won’t have to have a sizeable cost to make it operational and a room that would be centrally positioned and obtainable to their consumers.

“We would also need to have room for our volunteers to park and if at all achievable, drive-thru ability for serving our consumers without having the line spilling around into the road,” he stated.

The Storehouse Neighborhood Foodstuff Pantry has offered 2,856 foods so far this fiscal year, Mounger explained and with the ever-growing expense of food stuff, gasoline and utilities, these figures are specific to raise.

Jimmy Turner, who is a volunteer at the meals pantry has read this firsthand.

“They explain to me that the meals price ranges are incredibly high-priced, the meals stamps have been slash, their light-weight invoice is very higher, their water bill is superior, and they don’t have dollars for foods,” Turner explained.

And for an corporation that food pantry volunteer Donna Cowart reported “gets people by way of difficult situations,” requires will definitely develop.

In accordance to a report conducted by Feeding The us, Mounger said now 18.2 per cent or 8,580 individuals dwelling in Warren County experience from food insecurity.

“This group is not always foodstuff insecure all the time but might have to make tradeoffs concerning crucial fundamental needs, this sort of as housing and health care bills and buying nutritionally suitable meals,” he said.

Food items pantry volunteer Cathy Bowles mentioned quite a few of their clients are aged people who stay on a set revenue and individuals with massive families.

“Even although they are getting the cost-free school lunches during the summer season — what about dinner,” Bowles claimed, in reference to university-aged little ones who need appropriate nourishment.

And for the little ones who get there with their mother and father at the meals pantry, Bowles stated, they are supplied address baggage offered by the volunteers.

“We make positive the little ones get a children’s take care of and that’s all volunteers having to pay for that out of their personal pockets,” she stated.

Also supplying aid to the meals pantry are company and civic companies, Cowart explained, which have incorporated the U.S. Postal Company, ERDC, the Knights of Columbus, Global Paper, Vicksburg Catholic Faculty, VWSD elementary educational facilities, Hennessy Insurance policies and ecumenical groups.

Mounger reported the regular every month fees for the Keep House Neighborhood Foodstuff pantry vary from $4,500 to $5,000.

“The bulk of this goes for groceries we order for distribution, but also consists of rent we pay Great Shepherd and the cost of our alarm method and any essential upkeep,” he said.

The assistance furnished by Vicksburg’s food stuff pantry is not only important to the group but appreciated by people getting the support.

“When I go to the vehicle to get their name and info, they (consumers) are thankful and appreciative and say, ‘God bless you,’” Cowart said.

“And they also say, ‘Thank God y’all are here due to the fact y’all are having me by this,’” Turner mentioned.

Vicksburg’s food items pantry is open up from 10 a.m. right until noon Mondays and Wednesdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

For anybody interested in creating donations, starting to be a volunteer or can aid with securing a new spot for the foods pantry, get in touch with 601-642-0636 or electronic mail [email protected]