As winter sets in the needs and challenges to make ends meet can grow for some food challenged families. Garden Valley has a food pantry located at the Calvary Chapel on the Middlefork Rd. in Crouch, Idaho. They try to keep a stock of items needed for families who have challenges to face and food should not be one of them.
The wish list is extensive, and the community support is always welcomed. Canned items they run short on include: canned beans, especially baked and pork and beans; meals such as chili, stew and ravioli, and canned tomato products. Instant potatoes, popcorn, peanut butter, pickles and olives, pasta sauce pancake mix, syrup, crackers of any type, jellies and jams, fruit juices, flour, cereals and oatmeal are in short supply.
The pantry will also take personal items. This includes soap, deodorant, disposable razors, toilet paper, tissues, tooth paste and shampoo. Diapers, laundry detergents, dish soap, dog or cat food are other items families may need. Gloves, mittens and socks for all age groups are also needed. Travel sized items from hotels are always appreciated.
There are the usual pantry items that should not be overlooked. They are pasta, rice, canned meats, canned fruits, condiments items such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, cooking oils, and spices.
Donations of items can be dropped off at the Calvary Church at 3:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. This will give pantry volunteers time to include donations before the pantry opens. There are drop off donation barrels for non-perishable items at the Garden Valley Market by the cash registers. Cash or check donations are also welcomed at the Pantry to be used for purchasing additional items. Anyone interested in volunteering may inquire at the Pantry as well. This is for about two hours twice a month.
The Food Pantry is open for those individuals or families in need from 4-5pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month.