Pantry food needs continue to rise

Need food assistance? Call Victoria Maye at 704-261-3496.

This 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 every Friday at 6 p.m. Since starting these pantries in March, we’ve provided a week to 10 days worth of food to 6,258 individuals (1,895 households). That’s 633 senior citizens, 3,176 adults and 2,449 children. And a total of 72,606 pounds of food.

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.

  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Ramen noodles and pasta
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Tuna and hamburger helper
  • Grits and oatmeal
  • 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?

With more than 400 cases of COVID-19 in Union County, 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.
While we know of no COVID-19 at our facility, 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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