We want to thank two of our area food stores for their recent work, helping to fill the shelves at the food pantry. O'Neill's Food Market in Glenside collected 113 pounds of food for the cupboard, while the Giant Food Store in Warminster donated 73 Thanksgiving Meal Kits, totaling 568 pounds of food. We very much appreciate your partnership as we work together to reduce hunger in Montgomery County.
The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Jenkintown will hold a bake sale on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Jenkintown food pantry.
So, please stop by the church’s fellowship hall (where voting for that ward takes place) and pick up some of their delicious goodies. And don’t forget to vote!
The Rotary Club of Jenkintown recently made a $600 donation to the Jenkintown Food Cupboard. The Rotary Club has long been a generous supporter of the food cupboard, and we are enormously grateful for the donation and for your continuing vote of confidence in our effort to reduce hunger among our fellow Montgomery County citizens. Thank you!
This summer, we increased the amount of fresh produce we provide our patrons. Each week, our patrons can choose from a bounty of fresh vegetables that are rich in nutrients. Though the inventory varies from week to week, we've seen our produce section overflowing with fresh lettuce, corn on the cob, green peppers, potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes, onions and bags of carrots. No wonder this section of our shopping room has become so popular!
Yes we ARE that excited about a scale. The Cupboard reports to various agencies how many pounds of food we give out each week. Until today, these poor guys had to lift about 4,500 pounds each week out of the shopping carts and onto the table scale for accurate records. Thanks to an extremely generous donation, we were able to purchase a floor scale. Now our patrons can simply roll their shopping cart over the scale and they are on their way.
Our friends over at Pulley and Buttonhole Theatre http://www.pulleyandbuttonholetheatre.org/home.html have graciously offered to designate Jenkintown Food Cupboard as their charity of choice for the upcoming production of Mr. Burns, a posteletric play on October 21, 22, 28 & 29.! Patrons are encouraged to make a donations (either food or funds) to us on the night of the play. Get our and enjoy some quality neighborhood theatre and support us in the process. A win/win!
We have given away all of our allotted Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers for this year. Don't forget to use yours before the markets start closing up for the season. Enjoy your fresh fruits and veggie and we will see you next year!
Our friend and long time volunteer Rich Hagge has passed away today. We first met Rich as a patron 3 years ago and he wanted to give back and stay on as a volunteer. He soon became an indispensable part of the team. He was known for his get it done attitude, dedication to his family and his sarcastic sense of humor! :). Our thoughts are with his wife Helen, daughter Kim, and apple of his eye granddaughter London. Rich has touched and will be missed by many.
We are so excited that US Senate candidate John Fetterman is coming to visit the food cupboard and learn first hand about food insecurity in Montgomery County. Stop by to meet him and us Monday, March 14th at 2pm!
We have changed our sign in procedures to reduce early morning congestion on Summit Ave. Patrons, please do not arrive before 10:45am. At 11 am, sign in will begin. Everyone that signs in between 11-11:45 will pick a lottery number to indicate your place in line. The lottery will be picked just before noon. There is no longer an advantage to getting here early. If you arrive after initial sign in, you will be given the next number in line after the lottery folks. If you are traveling with another person, we suggest you not arrive until after 12:30 so you can do your shopping together. We know that change is hard, but we feel that this will address the parking and traffic concerns of our neighbors while keeping the distribution fair for everyone. Thank you.
Did you know that here at the Cupboard we accept donations from 12 local grocers and restaurants every week? In 2015, that added up to 78 THOUSAND POUNDS of fresh and frozen food we could offer our patrons instead of watching it go to waste. If you have a large car and can lift a heavy load we are always looking to have substitute volunteers at the ready. Shifts vary.
The food cupboard will be open for the next 2 TUESDAYS (Dec 22nd and 29th) and closed on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Normal hours 12-2.
Did you know? This month we are not only food and clothing. Approximately 150 children will have a few extra gifts under the tree this year thanks to Santa's helpers at the food cupboard!
pickup will be this Thursday and next Tuesday starting at 10am in Fellowship Hall (back of church). Please note this is for families that have already submitted a request to the food cupboard.
Our artist friends over at Painting with a Twist Jenkintown have created some beautiful Christmas ornaments. They are only $5 and proceeds will be donated to the food cupboard. Add something unique to your tree while helping to make a local family's holiday a bit brighter.
Shop at Whole Foods Jenkintown and bring your own bag! WF will donate your 5 cent refund to us! Every little bit counts!
Don't forget, we will be closed next Thursday, but open Tuesday (Nov. 24th) instead. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We have 100 likes on Facebook! Thanks to everyone who has liked and shared our updates. The more people who know our mission, the better we can serve our patrons. I wonder when we will hit 1000?!?!