BURLINGTON--Allied Churches of Alamance County will open a food pantry and begin offering a second meal starting Monday, in direct response to the sudden closing of one of the Triad's largest food pantries--Loaves & Fishes.
Though Loaves and Fishes said it would remain open through the end of September, Allied Churches of Alamance County executive director Kim Crawford confirmed the Loaves & Fishes has completely closed its doors. She said the United Way has spearheaded a collaboration effort among Allied Churches and Salvation Army (the area's two distribution center), as well as the Second Harvest food bank.
The organizations will meet with United Way, concerned community residents and local businesses Monday morning to discuss the progress that has been made to quickly respond to Loaves & Fishes' closing--estimated to affect up to 7,000 people who received the pantry's services.
"What we don't need right now is a bunch of places using a food pantry," Crawford said. She explained the organizations are using the resources they have to figure out how to meet the demand created as a result of the closing of Loaves & Fishes.
At 3:30 p.m., Allied Churches will begin distributing food from its new food pantry--an existing wing of the current shelter at 206 N. Fisher Street in Burlington. Distribution will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (or until supplies last each day) on Mondays through Fridays. Food drop off will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Allied Churches also will begin offering a new dinner meal from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Friday, and Crawford said the organization can accommodate about 200 people throughout the course of that hour. She said the organization never turns anyone away and always will make more food and more space, as needed.
Crawford said if community members wish to help, cash donations and volunteering always are appreciated. Additional information on resources and donations can be found on the Allied Churches of Alamance County website.