The Pantry

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

The Pantry at HMUMC is open every Saturday from 8:00am to 10:30 am and gives out over 20,000 pounds of food, feeding an average of 550 families each week. There are no eligibility requirements for patrons to receive food, all are welcome. The Pantry relies 100% on the generosity of volunteers and donors to support ongoing operations.

Please Note New Policies in Place for The Pantry

The Pantry will remain our only ministry of HMUMC that continues during this time of social distancing. We believe now more than ever that our community needs us and certainly will continue to need access to food.  We will be offering a drive thru service for our patrons during this time.  Since we also believe in continuing best practices for keeping volunteers and patrons safe as outlined by health officials, please note the NEW VOLUNTEER POLICIES and giving options below.

Serving in our community 

When is The Pantry at HMUMC open?
Line up for drive-thru service every Saturday from 8:00am to 10:30am.
How often can families receive  food?
We ask that families come and receive food every other week,
but if you are in need, we will serve you.
What do people need to bring?
We ask that you show a picture I.D.
What will families receive?
Families will receive a variety of fresh, frozen, and canned foods.
Does The Pantry have other services?
The Pantry at HMUMC is a food pantry; we provide food. We do not provide monetary assistance.

Current Volunteer Opportunities  -
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF SOME IMPORTANT CHANGES

Use your unique gifts to help The Pantry

We believe in continuing best practices for keeping volunteers and patrons safe as outlined by health officials. The following guidelines are now in place:

  1. AGE: All volunteers will be kept strictly between the ages of 18 and 59. Those with pre-existing health conditions are also asked to not volunteer at this time.
  2. SCHEDULE: All volunteers will now be put on scheduled rotations. We are reducing the number of volunteers to 30 on Saturday mornings. If you are within the range of age and health restrictions, we still need your help! Please EMAIL our Pantry Director, Ryan Jones at Ryan.Jones3@Regions.com to be scheduled. Include in your email which weekends you are available . Also please let him know if you would be willing to be apart of the delivery system to seniors.  You must fall in age and health requirements and must have NO ONE with any kind of illness in your house to be a delivery person.  He will contact you with which weekend you will serve and what areas you will serve in. The team will huddle on Friday to finalize plans for Saturday morning.  Though we love being a place for everyone to volunteer, we will not be accepting walk up volunteers during this time.

Saturdays

 Distribution : 8:00am-10:30am
Distribution of food to the community
Involvement with patrons who come for assistance

General tasks include:
Processing, sorting, packing, and distributing donations
Multiple jobs available for all ages and abilities

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

10:00am-12:00pm & 12:00pm-2:00pm
Organization of food donations being delivered
from our local community partners

General tasks include:
Offloading trucks, Sorting food donations, preparing for Saturday distribution
Multiple jobs for all ages and abilities

Special Volunteer Opportunity

The Pantry is in need of drivers who can make pick ups from our local community partners on weekdays.  These pickups may be done with personal vehicles or The Pantry box truck. This commitment generally is for a period of 2 hours.   Volunteers need to be able to lift up to 50 pounds and would be loading/unloading donations.  Interested persons, please use the form at the bottom of the page for questions or to sign up.

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Volunteer & Donations FAQ

How do I volunteer?

Do I need to sign up?
All volunteers will now be put on scheduled rotations. We are reducing the number of volunteers to 30 on Saturday mornings. If you are within the range of age and health restrictions, we still need your help!

Please EMAIL our Pantry Director, Ryan Jones at Ryan.Jones3@Regions.com to be scheduled. Include in your email which weekends you are available.
Also please let him know if you would be willing to be apart of the delivery system to seniors.  You must fall in age and health requirements and must have NO ONE with any kind of illness in your house to be a delivery person.  He will contact you with which weekend you will serve and what areas you will serve in. The team will huddle on Friday to finalize plans for Saturday morning.  Though we love being a place for everyone to volunteer, we will not be accepting walk up volunteers during this time.
When do I need to be there?
Please see above for days and times.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes are recommended.
What if I can not volunteer for the entire time?
It is okay if you are only available to serve for part of the time. Our tasks vary from week to week, and are always changing, so it is easy to step in and out of roles.
What will I be doing?
There are various tasks, including; processing donations, making packs for food distribution, carrying food baskets to cars and welcoming patrons. We organize volunteer tasks according to volunteers’ skills and abilities.
Can my children volunteer?
No, unfortunately not at this time.  We can only have volunteers aged 18-59
May I bring a group to volunteer?
Since we are only allowing 15 people to volunteer at this time, a large group might be challenging.  Reach out to Ryan Jones at Ryan.Jones3@Regions.com to confirm any availability

Donations

Pantry Donations
During this time of social distancing, we are asking for monetary donations rather than food donations.

$25 sponsors a family of 2 for a week. We serve over 3500 seniors per year - a segment that is in major need right now.
$50 sponsors a family of 4 for a week. With school closed, access to food for needy families is a big issue. We serve over 1300 children per year.
$100 the cost of eating out at a restaurant twice of week. Instead of eating out you can sponsor 2 pantry families!  
We see 350 families per week. Due to current conditions, sponsoring a family or families is the most effective and safe way to help us be the bread of life for those in need during this time!
 

Monetary Donations

To make a monetary donation to The Pantry, please use the link button below

Questions about volunteering?

We love to clarify volunteering requirements. Please reach out if you still have questions. Our Pantry Ministry Leader, Ryan Jones, will be back in touch with you soon!