Local Non-Profit Spotlight: Clemmons Food Pantry
Being plugged into our community is important to us here at Greta Frye & Associates, and we are especially appreciative to the organizations that are dedicated to giving back to Winston-Salem. In this local non-profit spotlight post, we want to highlight the work being done at the Clemmons Food Pantry:
The Clemmons Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that’s been around since 2004. They’re dedicated to providing supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County, and through the years have been able to serve more than 175,000 people. The food pantry was started as a Sunday school project at Clemmons United Methodist Church, and as they’ve grown they’ve stayed true to their mission: “to help those in need by filling the most basic of needs -- nourishing the body.” The pantry never turns anyone in need away -- a value they’ve held from the start.
Three years ago, the pantry introduced a new format called Client Choice, which allows people to choose their own groceries (just like they would in a supermarket). This new system helps to infuse dignity into the interaction and also cuts down on waste (since people tend to just take the foods they’ll actually enjoy and use).
The Clemmons Food Pantry gets their food from community donations (both shelf-stable items and fresh produce), via government programs, through purchase from the Second Harvest Food Bank and supplemental purchases of meat and produce. The pantry is powered by an impressive 350+ volunteers (the organization has NO paid employees), helping to reach as many residents in need as possible.
To learn more about the Clemmons Food Pantry (and to read about how you can donate or volunteer), visit their website.
Thank you for the essential work you’re doing to keep our community nourished, Clemmons Food Pantry!