Since March of 2009, the Putnam County Non-Food Pantry has helped distributed 3600 bags of necessary household items to over 550 different families in Putnam County. These items include laundry supplies, personal and bath supplies, paper products, and household cleaning supplies. We have grown from serving 59 families per month to an average of 145 per month. The poverty level in Putnam County has grown to 13.1% overall as of 2009, with a 17.0% among children 18 years and younger. There were 3,652 Food Stamp recipients in 2010 in Putnam County. We anticipate these numbers will continue to grow, given these continuing economic times.
It is our belief that we are providing a service that many of us take for granted: parents should have detergent to wash their children’s clothes, as well as their own, toothpaste to brush their teeth, household cleaners to keep their living environment clean and healthy.
Distribution takes place on the last Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Each family receives a minimum of six (6) items in a recyclable bag. Products provided monthly include paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent and dish soap, as well as an additional two (2) items of their choice. These items include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and tooth brushes, deodorant, household cleaning products and other hygiene products.
Since its inception, we have also provided training and assistance with budgeting, as well as nutritious meal planning and preparation in partnership with the local Extension Office. We are also currently making our own natural laundry detergent that is environmentally friendly and more cost effective.
We rely on volunteer and community support to sustain our programs.
Your contribution of time or financial support can make a real difference in the lives of families in our community. Many patrons have told us they don’t know how they would feed their families without our services. They tell us our volunteers feel like family to them.