Longmont-based White Fields Community Church announced that it has expanded its food kitchen, known as the Table of Hope, and is serving more needy residents.
“We have moved the kitchen to a much larger area of our building, and it is now open; however, few people came for food and assistance, ”church spokeswoman Angela Scohy wrote in the announcement.
The Table of Hope food kitchen, which started last fall, serves Longmont and southwestern Weld County residents and is located at 2950 Colorful Ave. in Longmont.
“It is truly something that has been discussed for some time, among the leaders of the White Fields Community Church. And finally we got someone who had energy and said hey, let’s get started, “a public kitchen spokesman Kendra Cito said Monday.
He also said that the church had been discussing better food pantries since before the COVID-19 pandemic started and that came from the church’s desire to serve the community in a better way. He also said that the church wants to provide residents with more than just food, “not only tangible food but also spiritual offerings – being ears and offering prayers if they feel comfortable doing so.”
Residents will receive boxes of food every week based on their household size and are currently offering non-perishable and staple food items until they see more residents taking advantage of their services to prevent spoilage of food, said Cito.
Items that can be found in the lunch box include:
- peanuts; dry or canned
- peanut butter
- fruit; canned and fresh
- oatmeal or Cheerios
- bread or tortillas
- noodles or rice
- ketchup or spaghetti sauce
- potato; fresh or dried
- vegetables; frozen or canned
- soup or stew; canned
- Mac & Cheese
- hamburger, tuna or chicken; canned
- diapers and wet wipes when requested
Cito said the church immediately wanted to add fresher food and possibly help families experiencing hospitalization by providing them with lunchboxes with easy-to-prepare meals.
“We reach out to families who are in the hospital who can’t go to the grocery store or are worried about the financial burden they have to get to get food but can’t because they spend all their time in the hospital and when they come home too tired,” said Cito. He said they hope other community members can help by sending these lunchboxes to these families in the future.
Table of Hope will work with families to provide lunch boxes each week but ask participating families not to miss their weekly appointments. That’s because each week the panties allocate food for one family to put in their boxes to share each week, and if a family skips a week, the food is potentially thrown away rather than going to another household.
Photo identification is required to retrieve household lunch boxes, and households that need to send someone to pick up a lunch box for them can contact the kitchen with this information.
However, the Table of Hope is not meant to be long term. Weekly lunchboxes will be provided for up to six months. Participants will be notified 15 days before their six month mark and can be extended on a case by case basis.
Currently the pantry can only provide food assistance and cannot help with non-food items, such as rent, utilities, gasoline, medical bills or auto repairs.
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