During the summer months the North Kent Service Center’s food pantry is depleted by all the extra food requests. With children home during the summer months, families need to provide three meals instead of one. When in school many children receive both breakfast and lunch. Summer is one of their busiest times for emergency food requests. This summer NKSC is looking to supply extra food for 2,800 families who have school age children. They hope to lessen the burden of those summer luncheons that families now have to provide. Please if you are able to-collect lunch items for families, to help those who are struggling right here in our own back yards and neighborhoods. Some of the food items needed are: hotdogs, cereal, mashed potatoes, chips-potato, taco, corn chips and pretzels, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, individual wrapped snacks, drink boxes, fresh fruit, canned spaghetti-o’s, spaghetti, soups, cheese slices, canned fruit, cookies, snacks and canned meats.
Every month since December of 2007, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Dr. NE, has been distributing thousands of pounds of food to North Kent area families in need. Through Second Harvest Gleaners “Mobile Food Pantry” program, this local congregation has been able to provide approximately 7,500 pounds of produce, dairy, bread and other food items each month to families who come to their Mobile Food Pantry events. During 2008, over 75,000 pounds of food was distributed to over 1,300 families, representing a value of over $160,000 if purchased at retail. This program has helped families dealing with the effects of job loss, illness, and other issues make ends meet during difficult economic conditions. Each month, more than 25 St. Stephen volunteers of all ages take part in unloading, repacking, and carrying out boxes, bags and cartloads of food. Volunteers report being touched and blessed in many ways by this opportunity to serve their neighbors. From spring to fall, food distribution takes place in the church’s large and conveniently located parking lot, at the corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River, with the entrance off Kuttshill Drive. During cold months, distribution is moved indoors. St. Stephen’s Mobile Food Pantry will be held on the third Monday of each month through 2009, with the next event March 16. Distribution begins not later than 5 p.m. All area families experiencing financial hardship are invited and welcome.