Food Pantry

groceriesCalvary's Food Pantry disributes food to approximately 180 needy families and individuals, usually on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Last year, nearly 60,000 pounds of food were given out to local needy and homeless people.


Contact: Win Guthrie

Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer Opportunity: The Outreach Committee
invites someone who could pick up donated food once
per week and deliver it to the Church for distribution..
Also, anyone available on Monday nights to help do
dishes after Coffee House would be greatly appreciated.
Please see Spook  or call Chris Perrin (475-5523).
The Outreach Committee invites someone who could pick up donated food once per week and deliver it to the Church for distribution. Also, anyone available on Monday nights to help do dishes after Coffee House would be greatly appreciated.  Please see Spook or contact Chris Perrin or the Church Office at 423-8787.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 23:20
What's in a name?

What's in a name?


Last week I was sweeping the leaves from the gutter in front of my house when a  small pick-up truck parked nearby.  The driver got out and yelled to me down the street, "Hey, You're the guy from the "Little Red Church." Turns out he was a regular visitor to our Food pantry.  A day or so later, I went to the Staff of Life market to purchase some scrip for our program.  When I said I had come in to pick up the scrip for Calvary Church, my contact there, who I have delt with for three years,  said "I've been meaning to ask,  Where is Calvary Church? When I told him it was at Lincoln and Cedar Streets, he said, "Oh, that’s the Little Red Church.  Of course,


EVERYONE knows where the Little Red Church is!. He continued by saying, "That church is so small, I bet it's packed to standing room only, every Sunday." I said, "Not quite, but we are looking forward to it happening in the future." Since then, I have talked with many of the clients in the Food Pantry line who for the most part refer to us as "The Little Red Church."


The vibes I gathered from all this is that we have a great reputation in the community as the "LITTLE RED CHURCH."We should be very proud this moniker and build on it for some good use in the future.


Dave Meyers
Calvary Food Pantry Gets Exciting News

In late October, we were pleased to learn that Second Harvest Food Bank had awarded our Food Pantry $ 600, to be applied to our account with them. On the same day we heard from Valley Churches United Missions that at the end of October they were sending a grant in our name to Second Harvest in an amount between $300 and $500. Needless to say, we really appreciate and need these gifts just before the holidays. They will go a long way to keeping our expenses in balance for the coming year. A few years ago, we went to a workshop on applying for grants. One of the things the leader told us to list on the application was "Who Else Loves You?" Here are two that do! As more come in, we'll keep you appraised. If you know of any companies, organizations, or individuals who may like to add their names to the list , please let us know.... 


An unsolicited testimonial:
On 10/13, as one of our needy friends was leaving with his bags of groceries, produce and a cup of coffee, he exclaimed to another coming in the door:
"This church lives and breathes!"

Submitted by David Meyers

Food Pantry Update - September 2010

June was a banner month for "freebies" from Second Harvest Food Bank, thanks to their inventory clearance at the end of June. In addition to approx. 1000 lbs. of free fresh vegetables (which are usually partially free or a nominal $ .02 lb.), this month we picked up 500 lbs. free canned and dry goods that we would normally purchase, plus 300 lbs. of free bread (which is always free). We even took a second trip to Second Harvest on 6/23 and picked up 400 lbs of end of inventory freebies. The last bonus was 763 lbs. of food drive goods from collection barrels, etc. In all, that rounds off to 3000 lbs all for free. Thanks Second Harvest!

We can't get too carried away by all this, as we are running pretty thin financially on an annual basis, due to the steady increased flow of people that come to our doors for food. If you feel so inclined, put a few dollars in an envelope marked for Calvary Food Pantry. Also, if you want to see the appreciation, smiles and hear the thank you's from the people receiving the goods, come to the Pantry at 10 am on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. It's a rewarding experience.


From January thru June, the average Wednesday visitors to the Calvary Food Pantry were 85 per day with the highest being 103 on April 28th. During July and August, the crowd has slowed down to an average of 72. There is no clear indication of what has influenced the decrease. As fall approaches, we will see which direction, things are going. Cliff Knudsen has been developing a great database that shows many things, such as there are 10 to 15 new names added to the list each week, & about 60% are male. While several have come on a regular basis, there have been a total of 550 individuals served so far in 2010. Our big big thanks to all who have helped with their time, efforts, and donations to make this possible. 


Submitted by David Meyers

2009 Food Pantry distributes nearly 60,000 pounds of food!

Final figures for 2009 showed the following:


Accumulative clients during the year: 1,988

Family members of clients: 3,835

Amount of food and fresh produce distributed: 59,600 pounds *

Free food from FEMA: 1,200 pounds

Free "Food Drive" goods: 5,970 pounds

Total Fees: $9,558


* Total pounds and fees include food and supplies for both the Calvary Food Pantry and the Monday Night Coffee House.


Some of the higher volume nourishing food distributed to the needy and homeless included 3,400 lbs. bread, 1,600 lbs. of apples, 1,800 lbs. of berries, 1,000 lbs. of melons, 1,600 lbs. of onions, 1,300 lbs. of oranges, 2,200 lbs. of potatoes, 1,300 cans of chili with beans, 1.770 quarts of milk, 1,900 cans of tuna fish, 750 lbs. of ground turkey, 900 cans of soup, and 1,100 jars of peanut butter, plus countless cans of fruits and vegetables.


During the year it was very gratifying for all of those working in the Pantry to hear the thanks, see the smiles, and sometimes a few tears of happiness from those who received this food. To say that least, that makes all the hard work worthwhile!

(Submitted by David Meyers)

Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 16:00