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 Tuesday at 5 p.m. Since starting these pantries in March, we’ve provided a week to 10 days worth of food to 7,793 individuals (2,242 households). That’s 105,928 pounds of food or 88,265 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.

  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Canned soup
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Ramen noodles, pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned ravioli & spaghetti
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Tuna and hamburger helper
  • Instant 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 700 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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