Alamo Heights Christian Church
Monday, January 22, 2018

AHCC Food Pantry



Our Mission Statement:

We strive to provide food for anyone who walks through our doors. Each is welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect. We do not pretend to solve the problem of hunger in our society, but we can make today a bit more tolerable for those in our midst who are hungry. 

 ~AHCC Food Pantry Blog~ 

Food pantries come in sizes and shapes, with different missions and backgrounds. One place where food pantries are popping up is on college campuses. A college-based food pantry is now on the campus of UNC-Greensboro. With UNCG and community support, Spartan Open Pantry (SOP), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s food pantry for students and staff in need of assistance was launched winter of 2013. From assistance for students who need a little help at the end of the month, to homeless students and families who depend on the pantry for complete support, the SOP assists those who need a hand. Spartan Open Pantry is “an important campus and community initiative in which UNCG students volunteer to serve those on and around campus who are experiencing food insecurity,” according to Emily Saine, a Junior studying Human Family Development Studies, and Director of the Spartan Open Pantry. SOP grew out a food support provided by a local church. The Reverend Andrew Mails of the Wesley-Luther Campus Ministries became aware of the unexpectedly high number of students who found themselves without enough food at the end of the month and initially began to keep cans of food in his office. Why SOP at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro? According to the 2012 report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Greensboro,  North Carolina ties for the second most food hardship city in America with 23% of the population facing hunger daily. More than 90 UNCG student volunteers have served the SOP since its inception. Each Tuesday evening, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the academic year, and 5:00 to 7:00 pm during the summer, these students serve 8 to 10 cases of non-perishable food to those who come. The pantry serves 20 – 30 people per week. What does the Bible say? In Isaiah 58:10, we read: “If you give some of your own food to [feed] those who are hungry and to satisfy [the needs of] those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.” There is always HOPE! 
AHCC Food Pantry STATISTICS for August 2017:
• 114 Family Units equals 522 Individual Family Members
• 29,232 lbs. of Food Items were distributed
• An average of 56 lbs. per Family Member 

One of the Volunteers pictured has worked in our Food Pantry during Summer Vacation 3 years ago. She worked during the Summer for our Food Pantry. Ask Liz Brown, B. J. Perkins, Jody Warren, Sarah Warren, or Pastor Ed who and where she is standing.