Since 2013, Mom’s Pantry has had a mission to provide emergency supplemental food to families and individuals in need through a dignified process, filled with hope.
The concept for Mom’s Pantry was built on the bedrock of a single goal: that no man, woman or child go hungry. Every week volunteers work to make certain that everyone has food and is treated with warmth and love when they walk into the building, according to a press release.
Last year, Mom’s Pantry gave away 255,694 pounds of food to 10,229 households serving 34,569 individuals.
Thirty two percent of these people were young, ages 0-18. With the spread of the virus, Mom’s Pantry is finding themselves giving away 22% more grocery bags each week and many of the guests are first time visitors too.
Unfortunately, with the increase in need has also come a decrease in valuable assets like volunteers and food suppliers. The Pantry lost valuable volunteers now at home helping their own families through this crisis. Mom’s Pantry no longer has access to bread pickup or toilet paper supplies and their normal food orders have been delayed by two weeks, the press release stated.
Under normal circumstances, all week-long volunteers would collect food, stock shelves and bundle bags of canned and packaged foods. At the end of the week, they might find themselves with fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, fruit or other seasonal varieties of food that are handed out until the supplies are depleted.
Now, their immediate needs have already doubled and restocking the basics has become difficult especially since their food drives have virtually stopped due to closed businesses and volunteers have fallen off.
Some of the immediate needs are canned tuna and canned chicken, mac and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta, peanut butter, canned soup, rice, beans, water and toilet paper.
Mom’s Pantry is located on north Cave Creek Road. They sit at the edge of a mobile home community on a major road with a bus stop right outside their door. Before the virus, they mostly greeted families who were struggling or out of work and used Mom’s Pantry as their last resort or a stop gap measure. Now, they are seeing more and more hourly workers whose families and their livelihoods have been turned upside down.
Thank you to the community of givers. Mom’s Pantry couldn’t exist without the help of sponsors, grants, businesses, churches and individual donors, the press release stated.
Mom’s Pantry is asking for support by donating your Arizona Tax Credit to the organization. Individuals can claim up to $400 and married couples are able to claim up to $800. Mom’s Pantry’s (Christian Life Outreach) Qualifying Charitable Organization code is 21059.
To find out more about Mom’s Pantry visit their website at momspantryphoenix.org.
If you would like to donate food, volunteer or get to know more about starting a food drive, give Pam a call at 602-992-0083 or stop by Mom’s Pantry at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Mom’s Pantry is open on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.