Crossroads Food Pantry
Serving God by serving others
Crossroads Food Pantry relies on volunteers and donations to feed those who are hungry in the northwest corner of Pearl River County. We are committed to serving God by serving others.
The pantry was founded by a group of Christians who saw their neighbors struggling to make ends meet. Through the pantry, they sought to ease their neighbors’ burdens by providing meals and groceries at no cost. The pantry received 501(c)3 tax exemption status in February 2015
Crossroads Food Pantry is run by a volunteer Board of Directors as well as dedicated volunteers from the community. The Board was formed in 2015 when the food pantry incorporated and Sharon Bonnecarrere was voted in as Executive Director. The Board meets annually to review its mission, and each member actively volunteers at the food pantry doing any job that needs to be done, whether it’s bagging food, cooking meals, sweeping floors or cutting grass.
Crossroads Food Pantry distributes healthy groceries to more than 70 households twice a month. These are families who often have to choose between paying the power bill or putting dinner on the table; these are seniors who have to choose between filling their prescriptions or filling the fridge; these are children who, when they are not in school, are not sure if they will eat three square meals. With your donation, we can send our neighbors home with a bag full of groceries and one less burden.
Healthy Food Distribution
Crossroads Food Pantry is open every other Wednesday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am to distribute healthy food to anyone in need. Food is donated by individuals or provided by Feeding the Gulf Coast. At each distribution, a dozen volunteers come to the pantry to sort and distribute food to more than 70 households. In 2019, the pantry distributed more than 36,700 meals to nearly 5,000 individuals in need, 52% of which were children and seniors.
We Care Meals
Through the We Care Meals Program, volunteers at Crossroads Food Pantry prepare and deliver meals to clients who are unable to leave their homes. Every Wednesday, volunteers prepare meals for up to 15 individuals, the majority of whom are elderly and cannot come to the pantry for food. Deliveries are made on the same day the meals are prepared. In 2019, we delivered 293 meals through this program.
Crossroads Food Pantry has no paid staff and relies solely on volunteers to operate. At each distribution, there is a dozen or more volunteers there to help set up, distribute and clean up. In 2019, volunteers contributed more than 1,215 hours to operating and maintaining the food pantry.
Interested in joining the team? Fill out and submit the adjacent form to receive more information about volunteering. Help is needed for Healthy Food Distributions, and for We Care Meals, where volunteers prepare and deliver meals to neighbors who are housebound.
Ready to free up space in your garage and do good in the community at the same time? Donate an unwanted vehicle to Crossroads Food Pantry and you will help feed families struggling with hunger in Pearl River County. Contact Bruce Bonnecarrere at (504) 427-3023 or [email protected] to schedule your pick up today.
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