At Incredible Edible Merchantville food security is part of our mission and one of our top priorities. To that end, we are hoping to partner with local food banks to share our excess harvest during this growing season. On Monday, June 1st, the Dolores F. Clark Food Pantry at Grace Church accepted our offer of surplus produce. Their pantry takes place on Wednesdays from 12-2PM. If you have fresh greens and vegetables to donate please drop them off at the church (side door) to Peggy Stephens between 9-11AM this Wednesday, June 3rd. All harvested items should be washed and bagged before donating. IE Merchantville will be creating some packaging labels and distribute bags/labels to participating members by next week. We are very excited to have an opportunity to support food justice, nurture environmental stewardship and promote a healthy culture and sustainable future.
In addition to the Food Bank of SJ we are very fortunate to have several local food pantries that serve community needs. The Dolores Clark Food Pantry, located at Grace Episcopal Church, operates from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and clients in need can drive up the church driveway, receive a pre-filled bag of groceries, and drive out of the parking lot all while keeping a safe distance. The Linda Knaus Food Pantry, located at Temple Lutheran Church - who recently received a $5,000 grant from the NJ Pandemic Relief Fund - will be distributing food bags on Tuesday, 4/14, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. NJ residency and ID are required. For more details or interested in helping please contact the church office. If you are willing and able, bags are prepared around 6:30 pm the Monday before distribution and any help is appreciated. Special thanks to the for their grant of $5,000 to our food pantry! St. Vincent dePaul Society Pantry Day, located at St. Peter R.C. Church, takes place on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Trinity UMC hosts a food pantry on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A very special thank you to all who keep this vital human service going!