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					    Kent County’s
Community Food Pantry
    (The Pantry)
           A 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation
        established to provide nutritional food to
        Kent County families who are living at or
        below poverty level. The Pantry is located
           at Christ United Methodist Church in
                      Chestertown.



         Located at corner High & Mill Streets,
        P.O. Box 346, Chestertown, MD 21620 –
                Telephone: 410-778-0550
KENT COUNTY’S COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
           P.O. BOX 346, 401 HIGH ST., CHESTERTOWN, MD 21620
                              410-778-0550
                WEB ADDRESS: WWW.KENTFOODPANTRY.ORG




  •The Pantry) is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation established to
  provide nutritional food to Kent County families who are living at or
  below poverty level.


  •The Pantry is located at Christ United Methodist Church in
  Chestertown (Mill St. entrance). It is open from 10 AM to 12 PM every
  Tuesday and Thursday and second Wednesday for 20 – 30 “regular”
  clients.


  •Almost all clients are referred to The Pantry by The Kent County
  Department of Social Services. Clients are only eligible for food
  assistance once every 30 days.


  •The Pantry must purchase 60% of the food that is distributed. Less
  than 40% is donated. About 10,000 pounds of food a month is
  distributed.
Contents

 History of The Food Pantry
 Hours of Operation
 Profile of Clients
 Source of Food and Most Needed Food Items
 A Typical Month at The Food Pantry
 Client-Related Statistics
 2010 Income and Expenses
 Support for Backpack Program
 Eat Better/Shop Smarter Workshops
 Hunger Never Takes a Holiday
 History of The Food Pantry
 Established in 1991 by Christ United Methodist Church in
  Chestertown.
 An independent 501(3) (c) nonprofit
  corporation since 2001.
 Christ Church provides low-cost space
  and food storage.
 Independent Board of Directors that
  represent Kent County.
 Member of Maryland Food Bank
 Member of the Chester Valley Ministers’
  Association (CVMA)
Hours of Operation
 Open from 10 AM to 12 PM every Tuesday and
   Thursday and second Wednesday for 20 – 30
   “regular” clients.
 Almost all clients are referred to The Pantry by
   The Kent County Department of Social
   Services.
 Clients are only eligible for food
   assistance once every 30 days.
Profile of Clients
Profile of Clients
 Half of Kent County clients have children age 18
  or younger.
 A large majority are females (71%).
 69% have annual incomes of $10,000 or less.
 47% are White and 48% are African-American.
 27% work full-time (13%) or part-time (14%).
 Most clients are between 30 and 64 (71%).
  Seniors (12%) and the young (17%) are the
  balance.
 Half of clients are from Chestertown and the
  rest in live in Rock Hall, Galena, etc.
Source of Food & Most Needed Items
 The Pantry must
  purchase 60% of the
  food that is
  distributed.
 Less than 40% is
  donated.
 The Pantry
  distributes about
  10,000 pounds of
  food a month.
Source of Food & Most Needed Items
 Examples of non-
 perishable foods that
 are purchased or
 donated: flour and
 sugar, dry cereal,
 canned tuna, chicken
 and salmon, canned
 vegetables and fruit,
 peanut butter and jelly,
 pork and beans, rice
 and pasta with meat
 A Typical Month at the Food Pantry
 Program director Miriam
  Greenlee and dozens of
  volunteers provide food to about
  200 different families during the
  month.
 Approximately 50 pounds of food
  are distributed to an average
  family.
 In 2010, 118,931 pounds of food
  were distributed to 612 different
   families.
A Typical Month at the Food Pantry
  Approximately 30 different food items are
  provided to each family. Those items include:
Typical Food Items Distributed
(about 35 different items/family)

   Sugar and flour              Pasta with meat
   Pancake mix and syrup        Pork & beans
   Eggs                         Cereal & oatmeal
   Peanut butter and jelly      Crackers and soup
   Tuna fish                    Canned tomatoes
   Mayo                         Apple sauce and canned
   Canned meat                   fruit
   Hash, gravy & beef           Corn bread
   Beans and rice               Beans and vegetables
   Dry milk                     Mac & cheese
   Spaghetti with meat          Fresh produce in the
    balls in tomato sauce         summer
A Typical Month at the Food Pantry
Joe Baker and 4 to 6
volunteers pick up food
from SuperFresh and
unload food from
Maryland Food Bank
several times a month –
about 10,000 pounds of
food are handled each
month
A Typical Month at the Food Pantry
Volunteers check
expiration dates and
stack approximately
thousands of pounds
of donated food each
month
 Over 70 Volunteers Work at the
 Community Food Pantry
Volunteers greet clients, unpack hundreds of boxes of food, check
labels of donated food, stack thousands of cans of food on shelves
and do what is required to serve struggling Kent Co. families
Client-Related Statistics
  The number of people who need
  assistance in Kent County grows
  every year.
Client-Related Statistics
               2006 through 2010
                                    Total men,
 Average for    Families Served    women and
  each year       per Month        children per
                                      month
    2010              200               554
    2009              207              544
    2008              167              430
    2007              119              300
    2006              107              267
Family Units Served Monthly:
2008 -2011
Summary - 2010
 Serviced 612 individual
   families
 2,404 family-visits
 3.9 visits per family
Number of Family Visits - 2010
                         Number of   Percent
                          Families
1 Visit to Pickup Food      201       33%
       2 Visits             90        15%
       3 times              72        12%
       4 Visits             51        8%
      5 Visits             44         7%
      6 Visits             31         5%
  7 or more Visits         123        20%
It’s about food…and more…
2010 Income and Expenses
Income                                 Expenses
 Individual donors: $46,248              Purchased food and non-food
 Churches:          $22,298               items:            $60,732

 Clubs/businesses: $10,937               Food director (salary and
                                           taxes):              $13,103
 United Way:               $13,459
                                          Weinberg workshops: $6,637
 Kent Co. and State of MD:
                                          Office supplies, rent,
               $2,000
                                           telephone, postage and
 Weinberg Foundation:                     utilities:             $5,393
  $10,700
 Value of non-cash items:
        Donated food:       $55,795
        Volunteer hours:     1,500+
Over One Thousand Students Qualify for
Free Lunches in Kent Co. Public Schools
Kent County Schools: 2011-2012 School Year

                                      Total                           Reduced    Total Free
                                   Enrollment            Free Lunch    Lunch    or Rediuced   Percent
KC High School
and Alternative
School                                 654                  265         55         320         49%
KC Middle School                       450                  192         39         231         51%
Elementary Schools
 Garnett                               207                  132         17         149         72%
 Galena                                184                  56           8          64         35%
 Millington                            181                  109         10         119         66%
 Rock Hall                             208                  112         19         131         63%
 Worton                                290                  152         10         162         56%




 Total Enrollment                      2174                1018         158        1176        54%



 Data provided by J. Bramble, KCS Food Service 9/27/11
Backpack Program Helps Make
Healthy Kids!
   Provides food assistance          Food Pantry is purchasing
    over the weekend to                breakfast, lunch and snack
    children in need                   items from Maryland Food
   Program is national, but           Bank
    Kent County program is            Churches are packing and
    being run independently            delivering hundreds of food
   Approximately 50% of Kent          items to Kent County
    Co. public school student          schools each week
    participate in reduced lunch      In September we purchased
    or free lunch program –            1,464 pounds of food (98
    those children most in need        cases -- $1,367)
    are provided backpacks            Examples: cereal bowls,
   Schools with sponsors:             white milk, juice, tuna, fruit
    Middle School and Galena,          snacks, noodles, ravioli,
    Garnett, Millington, Rock          peanut butter crackers,
    Hall and Worton Elementary         applesauce, pudding, pop
    Schools                            tarts and granola bars
Eat Better and Shop Smarter
 2010/2011 workshops, attended by over 100 clients,
  are supported by a grant from Harry and Jeanette
  Weinberg Foundation Grant and Washington College
  SIFE.
 Surveys are used to gauge changes in behaviors and
  attitudes.
 Dietitian has designed recipes and is helping clients
  deal with obesity, blood pressure and diabetes.
 Washington College SIFE is helping clients with
  budgeting and comparison shopping.
Marcia Yeager, a dietitian, and WC SIFE students
discuss food purchases and budgeting, portion
size and food labels.
Hunger Never Takes a Holiday

 The Pantry needs your donated
  food every month.
 Support The Pantry with a
  contribution during Food Pantry
  Nov. fund drive and support the
  United Way.
 A donation of $50 will buy 3 bags
  of food for a family of four. Each
  month The Pantry distributes
  600+ bags of food.
 For more information, visit:
  www.kentfoodpantry.org

				
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