Our NEW SmartChoice Virtual Pantry allows families to choose nutritious foods through a point system categorized according to ChooseMyPlate, a dietary guideline illustrating the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet; fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. Personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies are considered a basic need so is part of our pantry and offered to families from generous donations.
The pantry supports over 450 families a month. Persons that are working, have a disability, or a special circumstance can use our “online” shopping feature or schedule a time that is more convenient. We understand the challenges families need to overcome and with our SmartChoice Virtual Pantry we offer some flexibility to help with food insecurity. Our regular pantry hours are Tuesday through Friday between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Through a partnership with Philabundance, we are receiving fresh produce weekly such as potatoes, squash, onions, and tomatoes for our families. We also re-distribute over 10,000 pounds of produce a month to local pantries in Montgomery County. This allows food to reach more families struggling with food insecurity.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program was implemented to improve the health of Senior Citizens through better nutrition. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. Qualified seniors will receive a monthly box of food that contains a variety of basic staples PLUS the option to shop in our SmartChoice Virtual Pantry.
Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program seeks to aid seniors and farmers in Pennsylvania by providing qualified seniors with $20 in checks that may be used only at participating Farmer’s Markets to buy Pennsylvania-grown produce. The program runs from June to September and the checks may be used through November. Participants must be 60 years or older.
Holiday Dinner Baskets
In October we register families to receive a box of groceries that will make a complete holiday dinner. The boxes are handed out during the third week of December.
Healthy Pantry Initiative
Our goal is to promote nutrition by educating family members to make wise food choices whenever they are selecting food for the family table. Our food pantry is categorized according to ChooseMyPlate, which illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet.