It’s Your Community!

Part of the joy, I’m learning, living in a small community, are the many opportunities of standing in the gap for helping others.

It all started by connecting with Steve Russell, the Executive Director of The Saints’ Pantry this past February.  I had a wonderful conversation with him regarding the ability to bring quality nonperishable protein to help feed the hungry and homeless they serve through the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Steve was extremely grateful, as that’s one area they are limited in providing for complete nutrition for those they serve.

Steve shared the 30 year history of this organization and their mission.  What they are able to accomplish and reach even outside their walls is remarkable.

We need to let people know that we are here,
willing and able to help, with compassion and
without prejudice. All we need to know
is that they are hungry and we will feed them.

— Steve Russell, Director

  The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank214 S. 2nd Street, Shelton WA 98584Mailing address: P.O. Box 1064, Shelton WA 98584

Phone: 360-427-8847

Web:  www.saintspantry.org

Email:  webmaster@saintspantry.org

About The Saints’ Pantry
What we doSince 1981, The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank has been working to make sure that no one in the Shelton area goes hungry. Through a network of community partners, we collect, sort and store canned goods, fresh produce, and other household essentials so we can provide food to those who need it most.Food Distribution

Last year, The Saints’ Pantry provided 557,371 pounds of food to 13,471 families (and the 55,075 individuals in their households).

The Food Bank is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Because of the high unemploy-ment rate, demand is growing. Lines now reach around the corner and we sign up an average of 20 new families each week.

Nutrition Counseling

Food Sense Nutrition Program:   Dieticians from the WSU Extension Program prepare nutritious recipes with food available at The Saints’ Pantry. Samples and recipe cards in both English and Spanish are available to our clients.

Community Services Literature Rack

The Saints’ Pantry provides a literature rack at the Food Bank so our clients can learn about services available from local agencies including Mason County Literacy, Turning Pointe, and the Crime Victims Advocacy Network. WIC provides immunizations, health plans and dental care, and the Community Action Council provides housing, help with phone and electric bills, dental program, senior services, etc.

Community PartnersOur dedicated Volunteers sort and distribute food.Church Partners collect food from their congregations:

  • St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Calvary Fellowship
  • Shelton Presbyterian Church
  • Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Food Network Partners:

  • Northwest Harvest
  • Food Lifeline’s Grocery Rescue Program with area grocers including Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Healthy Benefits Market.

Local Organizations:

  • WSU Extension Program (Food Sense Nutrition)
  • School Food Drives
  • Empty Bowls event sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission
  • U.S. Postal Service Food Drive
  • Curves for Women Food Drive
  • Edward Jones Food Drive
  • Mason County Public Hospital Food Drive
  • Food Bank Gardens sponsored by Master Gardeners
  • The Food Bank Garden at the Washington Corrections Center

We thank all our partners for caring
and for sharing to help
hungry families in our area!

The Saints’ Pantry is an approved recipient of ViSalus’s Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.  It’s packed with high quality protein and nutrients many families don’t have access to.   Individual’s can donate $24 to feed one child 60 meals (4-12 years old) or 30 adult meals (over 12 years of age).  ViSalus then matches that $24 contribution and sends it to a local approved community food bank/pantry.  For the Shelton Community, that charity is The Saints’ Pantry.

ViSalus Community Challenge

This video shares the nutrients (equivalent of foods)  in the Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of “It’s Your Community!”

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