FOOD PANTRY RESPONSE TO COVID-19

In light of concerns about COVID-19, our pantry will remain open on Thursdays, but we will be offering a modified experience that includes recommended social distancing, instead of our typical "pop-up market" set up. 

Pre-packed bags will be given out on Thursdays between 2:30 and 5:00 pm. If guests are in cars, they should enter the driveway and pull their car around to the parking lot side of the church, and groceries will be brought out to the car. If guests are walking, groceries will be brought to the Parish Hall door.   

Thank you for your understanding and commitment to the wellness of our community.

The mission of the St. Thomas' Food Pantry is to address hunger, loneliness, and neglect in our city by providing our neighbors with nutritious food, positive social interactions, and educational information focusing on healthy lifestyles.

                    

For information about our Food Pantry or to leave a message call: 804-321-9548. This line can be reached at any time and lists our hours, directions, requirements, weather advisories, or allows you to leave a message.  A valid form of ID is helpful, but not required.

Volunteer Opportunities - Please email Food Pantry director, Liz Pearce, to sign up                                                                                                            (LPearce@stthomasrichmond.org) 

As a completely volunteer-run organization, St. Thomas depends on volunteer help throughout each week. Individual opportunities and group opportunities are available. In response to COVID-19, our volunteer needs have been modified to follow CDC guidelines, as well as best practices indicated by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Each volunteer will be required to sign a waiver prior to volunteering at the St. Thomas' Food Pantry, stating that they have not traveled within the past two weeks, and that they are not exhibiting symptoms of illness. In addition, we ask that all volunteers follow our Healthy Volunteer Guidelines. 

 Our Needs: 

  • Picking up donated food at Food Lion -  Volunteers will pick-up food, document the weight and put away the items  our storage rooms.  Certain Tuesdays and Thursdays at Food Lion, Azalea Brook Hill, 11:30 am. Takes about one hour.

  • Pre-packing bags for guests  - Volunteers will pack available inventory into grocery bags. Wednesdays at 10 am, Noon and  2:30 pm, Thursdays at 10 am and Noon. 

  • Inventory Management at St. Thomas'  - Restocking items, counting totals, organizing the storage area.  Wednesdays at 12:00 pm.

  • Distribution Day - Volunteers will set up tables, chairs, manage inventory, restock shelves and place bags in cars.  Thursdays at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. 

  • Food Rescue and Storage - Volunteers will help unload a  delivery truck and store it our storage rooms. Volunteers must be able to lift boxes. Wednesdays at 7:30 am. 

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, please email Liz Pearce, Lpearce@stthomasrichmond.org, or call 804-321-9548.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Appication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

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