Food Security – Food Pantry

Food Security

FOOD PANTRY

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities operates a public community food pantry at the Outreach Center for any local individuals and families in need of food.

 

Three Safe Ways to Receive Food:

Option One: Remote Online Shopping
We are offering a remote online ordering option. You can safely and conveniently order online from the comfort of your own home and pick up your food at the Outreach Center Pantry located at 57 North Franklin Street in Pottstown the following day.
Step 1: Register for remote shopping by emailing the Outreach Center Director, Vicki Bumstead at vbumstead@pottstowncluster.og
or calling 610-970-5995 extension 114.
Step 2: Once registered, you will receive a link to shop and order online. This will require internet access.
Step 3: After the order is placed online, you will receive a scheduled pick up time for the next day.

Option Two: Order at a Kiosk at our Outreach Center Pantry
We are offering a kiosk ordering option that allows guests to order at the food pantry. The pantry is located in our Outreach Center located at 57 North Franklin Street in Pottstown. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. No appointment needed.

Option Three: Pick Up a Prepacked Box of Food
We are offering prepacked boxes of food for pick up. Food boxes can be picked up at the food pantry. The pantry is located in our Outreach Center located at 57 North Franklin Street in Pottstown. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. No appointment needed.
Food boxes include a variety of food essentials: milk; eggs; frozen meats; cereal; canned vegetables/fruits; pasta; and fresh produce.


Location and Hours of Operation

The pantry is located in our Outreach Center located at 57 North Franklin Street in Pottstown. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. No appointment needed. If a time outside of the regular hours is needed, please call 610-970-5995.

Older adults (60 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions and might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to come in on Fridays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. For more information, please see the CDC Guidelines.


How Safe is The Pantry? 

  • We are keeping our physical environment safe by monitoring facility access and limiting the number of people in our Outreach Center.
  • We are abiding by social distancing practices laid out by the CDC.
  • In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Order (4/15/20), we are requiring all those who enter the Outreach Center to wear a mask.


Questions? 

Please call 610-970-5995 or email vbumstead@pottstowncluster.org.

 

 

PCRC’s Food Services program provides food security not only to the families in the Greater Pottstown Area but also re-distributes food donations to other local pantries in Montgomery County. Through the support of TEFAP (the Emergency Food Assistance Program), the collaboration with Philabundance, and donations from local worship centers, organizations and businesses, our facility provides food security to over 450 families a month in the Pottstown area plus families receiving food from other food pantries in Montgomery County.

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String Beans
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FOOD PANTRY

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 current pantry hours are: Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. No appointment needed. If a time outside of the regular hours is needed, please call 610-970-5995.

Fridays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm have been reserved for older adults (60 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions and might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For more information, please see the CDC Guidelines.

 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.

 

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.

 

See also COMMUNITY MEALS

Potatoes

FOOD PANTRY

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.

 

See also COMMUNITY MEALS

food se·cu·ri·ty

noun

1. the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

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