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Did you know...

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In the United States, more than one in five children in America live in a household that suffers from some sort of food insecurity.  This means that they do not know where they will find their next meal.  In 2012 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that 15.9 million children under the age of 18 live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food, which is necessary for a healthy life.  As a parent, that's big, as adults we can fend off the hunger pangs and work through that long day on that important deadline or project. But young kids can't process things like we adults can, their pain consumes their thoughts and most times it's hard for them to see beyond that.

You can do something about it.  Even just one donated can of food makes a difference.  Or, if you are a more hands on kind of person: 1 to 1 1/2 hours of your time can feed ten to twenty families as part of our grocery rescue program.  Or, perhaps you are considering donating two hours or a half day per week at the food bank?  If so, please go to the on-line form in the Volunteer page, and submit your contact information.

Donate Food & Other Items

You can drop off donations at the Pantry on most Friday and Saturday mornings that we are open or at any participating Second Harvest Food Pantry near you.  Be sure to check our calendar for closures or other important events.  Monday through Thursday, donations can be left at the Southside Christian Church office, located in the same building, but at the 27th avenue entrance.  See the frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.) link below for information on non-food items.

Your qualified donations are deductible as per IRS Publication 525.  Southside Food Pantry a Mission of Southside Christian Church operates under IRS Section 501(c)3 and is a qualified non-profit organization.  Please contact the Pantry if you need a receipt for your tax deductible donation(s).

If your household is anything like ours, we often push items to the back of the pantry shelf.  Once a month or every other month is a good time to take a quick peek to see if there are items that you may not need or no longer want.  Be a good steward and donate those items.  You can donate them to Southside Food Pantry, Second Harvest or find a pantry near you.