Gilmer Community Food Pantry

By on February 1, 2016

Gilmer Community Food Pantry

15 Years Serving a Need in the Community

The Gilmer Community Food Pantry was started in 2001 when the need for food assistance in Gilmer Community was recognized by a few good people willing to give of their time and energy to help others. Thanks to the generosity of community organizations, local businesses, churches and many individuals, when the books on 2015 are closed, the Gilmer Community Food Pantry will have served over 5400 families, consisting of over 13,000 adults and over 12,000 children. The amount of food they have been able to give has also grown to an impressive level, from 244,460 pounds in 2008 to 481,606 pounds in 2015.

The Sack Pack Program

In addition to distributing food assistance directly from the Pantry, the Gilmer Community Food Pantry has also added the children’s SACK PACK program. Started in 2010, the Sack Pack program provides food for over 280 children each week. Volunteers deliver the Sack Packs of food to schools every Friday so that kids in the community won’t go hungry over the weekend.

The Food Pantry Garden

With land and irrigation donated by Bill Ford, owner of Johnson’s Nursery and the efforts of the Cartecay United Methodist Church, the Gilmer Community Food Pantry Garden became a reality. Seeds, plants and supplies are purchased through an annual donation from the church.

There were three plantings a year-spring, summer & fall. Produce includes potatoes, tomatoes, squash, green beans, cantaloupes, watermelon, peppers, cabbage, okra, cucumbers and greens. Crops that would not keep from one Wednesday distribution day to the next are sold at the church’s thrift store, with proceeds going toward the garden upkeep. Thanks to all-volunteer labor from churches, garden clubs, master gardeners and neighbors, the garden yielded 25,000 pounds of produce for the Food Pantry in 2015!! A very special thanks to all the volunteers who’s hard work benefit the hungry in Gilmer County, without their work & dedication, this certainly would not happen.
The property on Big Creek where our garden has been has now been sold and we are currently looking for another location.

Continued Support

During the last 15 years the Gilmer Community Food Pantry has grown to include over 50 dedicated volunteers who work each week helping feed those in need. Volunteers do everything from picking up food from various locations, bagging food from the USDA such as margarine, and eggs plus other food donations, to coordinating the next week’s distribution. However, feeding 100-140 families each week is no easy task. It takes a large number of volunteers to make this possible. While the Food Pantry has some of the best, most caring, dedicated and hard working volunteers any organization could hope to have, more help is always needed.

While the U.S. economy has experienced some growth, the need for food to feed the hungry in our community continues. The Food Pantry relies on the continued generosity, help and support of all individuals, businesses and churches to donate food or money to the cause.

To Volunteer

Please consider giving just a few hours a week to help your fellow Gilmer County residents who need assistance. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:

Mondays
Picking up produce, bread, meat and other products. Help packing USDA bags of butter and eggs, and stocking shelves before distribution day on Wednesday.

Wednesdays
Help with weekly distribution at the Food Pantry from 9am to 1pm. Numerous jobs include interviewing clients, pulling food and filling carts. Assist clients by putting groceries in cars, stocking shelves and clean up at the close of the day.

If you can help and would like to be on our team of volunteers at the pantry, we welcome you! Please contact us by email- Susan@gilmerfoodpantry.org or by phone- 
706-633-7041.

To Donate

Food and monetary donations are always welcome and desperately needed. Both types of donations may be made directly to the Gilmer Community Food Pantry, through many local businesses, community organizations and through your church. Checks can be mailed to the address below or you may also make a contribution by selecting the “Donate” button the Food Pantry website.

Do You Need Food?

If you are a resident of Gilmer County and are in need of food for yourself or your family, The Gilmer Community Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays only from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for food distribution. Please arrive early as we run out of fresh vegetables and some other foods on a busy day.
Depending on income, you may also receive a bag of USDA food. Eligibility for USDA food is determined by income and the number of persons in a household. And individuals or families can receive USDA food only one time per month.
You MUST BRING a picture ID and proof of Gilmer County residency to receive food, and everyone who comes to get food will be interviewed each visit. If you have questions, please feel free to email us or call us at 
706-273-3663. ACLM

Contact the Gilmer Community Food Pantry
For food assistance or to make a donation please contact:

Gilmer Community Food Pantry
5273 Hwy 52E, Ellijay, GA 30540
706-273-3663
gilmerfoodpantry@etcmail.com

Or visit the website:
www.gilmerfoodpantry.org