Spend 10 minutes in the Asbury Food Pantry and you’ll feel God’s presence. Whether it’s food, clothing, medical assistance, employment, transportation, housing assistance, or counseling information, the volunteers at Asbury’s Food Pantry help in every way they can. "It’s not just about giving...it’s easy to give someone a can of peas," says Food Pantry Director Irene O'Neill. "It’s the relationships you build that are most important."
“Once you’re down, it’s hard to get out of it—especially if you’re sick or need medicine,” says O'Neill. But clearly the Food Pantry is helping folks find their feet. In 2017 alone, the pantry fed approximately 465 people and distributed 975 bags of food. “When the pantry began in 2011, we maybe had four people one day, eight the next but we’re busier than we’ve ever been,” she says. “We can be much more generous now than we could then.”
Speaking of generosity, Asbury’s Food Pantry is entirely self-sufficient, relying on donations from church members and funding from Asbury's Missions in Action program. Again this summer, volunteers will set up a booth at the Farmers Market at Lee Branch for additional publicity. Often times, farmers donate unsold produce and patrons buy items for the pantry. “Last summer we hardly used a can,” says volunteer Melissa Franklin. "Asbury will be at the farmers' market every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to noon, May through September. Come purchase some amazing produce for your family and the pantry." If you would like to volunteer to work a two-hour shift at the pantry tent, you can sign up here.
Patrons may visit Asbury's Food Pantry every Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m. After hours, a limited number of bagged groceries are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at our main office, which is open from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 8:30-3:00 p.m. on Friday.