Mission of the Month - Vickery Meadow Food Pantry
The Vickery Meadow Food Pantry is so appreciative of NorthPark Presbyterian’s efforts to feed our hungry neighbors. This partnership allows them to continually provide good nutritious food to clients.
COVID-19 had them pivoting last spring to figure out how to keep their volunteers safe while serving their clients. In order to keep their doors open, they switched from a walk-in pantry, which is like going to the grocery store where the clients choose what they feed their families, to a box pantry. Now the clients are provided with a North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) family relief box, NTFB produce bags, and a protein.
A NTFB box varies every week according to what is available. An example of the contents is 2 cans of tuna, 2 mac and cheese, an orange juice, a bag of split peas, dried fruit, 3 cans of tomato sauce, 2 cans of soup, 2 cans of corn, a box of cereal. The produce bag contents is very random: eggplant, a spaghetti squash, carrots, potatoes and a fruit. Basically, it is a lot of food but difficult to make a delicious meal from. That is where your generous donations make a huge difference! The clients love the beautiful fresh tomatoes from the SoulFood Greenhouse! Through fellow NorthParker Anita Siegers’ efforts, and those of generous donors, the clients receive fresh milk and eggs every week, as well as bread and bagels that are delivered each Wednesday. The Reverse Food Truck donations help to add a supplemental bag to the mix so clients can create 3 healthy meals a day for their families. Your donations of food, dollars and time enrich the lives of our neighbors.
VMFP also has switched the model of a once monthly pantry to a once a week pantry because of the pandemic. The zip code requirement no longer applies as they are serving anyone who comes to their door. They are finding people who have never needed assistance in the past now rely on food pantries and programs providing rent and utility assistance. They do not provide anything other than food and occasionally coats/clothes but provide referrals to agencies that can help. In pre-pandemic times, they also had job search help, as well as someone to help navigate social services.
The folks at the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry value their relationship with NorthPark Presbyterian. Your faithful generosity in providing hygiene items (which food stamps do not provide), food and volunteer hours to grow tomatoes and keep the Reverse Food Truck full and rolling makes a huge impact on our neighbors. Since the VMFP is 100% volunteer run, every dollar goes directly to helping these clients. So, keep up the good work, friends!
The NorthPark Mission Committee