Food pantry celebrates 25 years

Food Pantry Executive Director Jennifer Vetch, left, accepts a Nutritional Excellence Award from Kelsey Ellis, Director of Programs for Feeding San Diego. This was one of only three awards given to agency partners in 2016.
Food Pantry Executive Director Jennifer Vetch, left, accepts a Nutritional Excellence Award from Kelsey Ellis, Director of Programs for Feeding San Diego. This was one of only three awards given to agency partners in 2016.

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Food Pantry celebrated 25 years of service to the community in 2016. The staff and board are grateful to the greater Fallbrook community for its generous donation of food items, volunteer hours, and financial support.

Because of the community’s benevolence, the Fallbrook Food Pantry was able to serve 20,228 households with 757,703 pounds of food at the pantry. Additionally, 3,098 households were served 132,412 pounds of food at Neighborhood Distribution which occurs the last Wednesday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. at the LifePointe Church parking lot.

Through the Food for Thought program, 1,967 households were served 15,736 pounds of food. Two pantry supported programs benefiting senior citizens resulted in 581 households being served 6,391 pounds of food in one program and 554 households were served 17,728 pounds of food in another.

For 2016, the grand total was 26,428 households served 929,970 pounds of food!

This could not have happened if it were not for the leadership of Executive Director Jennifer Vetch, and the 563 volunteers who donated 15,044 total hours of service.

The Food Pantry is looking forward to making an even more positive impact in the community during 2017. To do so requires continuing support from the community.

“We invite you to partner with us,” said Board President Dale Mitchell. “We are actively seeking volunteers to assist in our offices with the sorting and distribution of food as well as volunteers who may want to serve as board members.”

Anyone interested can call (760) 728-7608 or go to www.fallbrookfoodpantry.org to learn more about opportunities for service.

 

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