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261,058 meals provided through mobile pantry

The COVID pandemic is adding extra stress to our already stretched homeless service system. So many families in Union County need help to have enough food for their family.

The Shelter is holding drive-thru pantries for Union County residents in need of food; you can see the schedule at Anyone needing food can attend. You don’t have to leave your car; our wonderful volunteers will load the groceries for you.

Since starting these pantries in March, we’ve provided a week to 10 days worth of food to 23,081 individuals (6,260 households). That’s 313,279 pounds of food or 261,058 meals!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who man the distributions, giving a grocery cart full of food to each family.

Happy to share staples, produce, bread, meat,  desserts and more. And that’s because of donors like you who are bringing product. Here are some of the items that are given – and that we always need.

  • 1. Canned tuna, chicken & sardines
  • 2. Canned soup, chili & stew
  • 3. Peanut butter & jelly
  • 4. Instant grits & oatmeal
  • 5. Cans of ravioli & spaghetti, etc.
  • 6. Hormel Compleats entrees
  • 7. Pasta sauce and dry pasta
  • 8. Canned fruit & vegetables
  • 9. Hamburger helper
  • 10. Instant potatoes
  • 11. Ramen noodles
  • 12. Macaroni & cheese
  • 13. Pound bags of rice

Want to donate food? Bring to the “donations” door (off the back parking lot) between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., avoiding mealtimes of 8 – 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.


Want to help?

The Community Shelter of Union County has taken enhanced steps to help keep our homeless population healthy. Homeless and food-insecure people are particularly vulnerable to health issues because they are residing and eating in a congregate setting.
We have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and are working with the Union County Health Department, Emergency Management and Environmental Health to provide additional protections for our clients, volunteers and staff. 



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