Help Out the North Coventry Food Pantry
When I told friends I was changing my blog from focusing on doing something different every week to doing something meaningful every week, several of them warned me that I would have to plan carefully in order to accomplish my goal. Well, I’m not a great planner, so of course I didn’t. But fortunately, a meaningful activity specially made for blogging has fallen into my life. No planning necessary–or at least, not much.
I’m referring to The Mercury’s Fill the Media Lab challenge, recently organized in conjunction with Town Square bloggers. I am one of many bloggers who will be blogging to collect food for area food pantries, which are faced with a shortage of food and a growing number of users. You can read a great blog post by Mercury Editor Nancy March here; and another great article by Joe Zlomek in the Sanatoga Post.
One of the food pantries that will benefit from this effort–which seeks to collect 20,000 food items and 1,000 containers of laundry detergent by Easter–is the North Coventry Food Pantry, located on Urner Street in North Coventry. The pantry serves families in the Owen J. Roberts School District.
According to Ginny Wade, who runs the pantry, it serves about 90 families, or a total of 250 people. And that number is growing all the time.
“It seems every month we get a couple more people. We have a lot that are coming because they are sick or they’ve lost their jobs,” Wade said.
The number of people using the pantry has skyrocketed since Wade first got involved with it seven years ago, when it assisted only nine families. That’s in part because it has become more well-known over the past few years. But it’s also the result of the economy, which has left more families facing rising food prices and lower paychecks.
Wade said she is always grateful for all donations. “We’re always in need. We rely solely on community support for this pantry,” she said.
While she does receive some government ordered canned goods, those arrive infrequently and aren’t enough to feed the 90 families. The pantry is open once a month, and Wade tries to provide each family with a wagon load of food.
Among the items the North Coventry Food Pantry identified as its greatest needs are: peanut butter, canned pastas, canned fruit, tuna, and boxed macaroni and cheese. But all non-perishable items are welcome, including canned goods and pasta.
Since Chester County residents can’t go to Montgomery County food pantries (and vice versa) the North Coventry pantry is really the only nearby place where OJR families can receive food (other than a small one in Spring City).
Please help us Fill the Media Lab! You can donate items specifically for the North Coventry Food Pantry by bringing them to Wade’s home at 148 W. Main Street, near the North Coventry Recycling Center; or drop them in a box in the lobby of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area offices, at 140 College Drive in Pottstown, adjacent to Riverfront Park. The lobby will be open Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30.