Grace Presbyterian Church 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - PO Box 1234, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 205-758-1193

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Sunday, August 7, 2022 during a congregational meeting, we agreed to take out a loan for $1 million from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program for the construction of a new food pantry building on the space in front of our parking lot along Hargrove Road. The new facility (which was presented to the congregation in January), will be the first client choice pantry in the Tuscaloosa area. Instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of food, clients will be able to select from various options. The new facility will also have refrigeration space, making it possible to provide fresh produce on a more regular basis. Next week our plan moves to the Presbytery for their approval, and hopefully, we will be breaking ground before too long! 

Many thanks to Madeleine Hill, Cathy Andreen and the members of the Finance Committee for the many hours of research and preparation. After exploring multiple options (capital campaign, using only our investments, or securing a loan), they arrived at a plan which is sustainable for our congregation. Thanks also goes to Chris Stone and Leslie Poss for their creativity and expertise in the preparation of Sunday's video presentation. Many thanks to Linda Grote , Gary Minder and the Visions Task Force, and their initiative which is carrying us into this hopeful future for our ministry with our community. And of course we thank Jennifer Sheppard, Sherry Kimbro, Ann Weeden, Susan Donovan and all those who make our food pantry ministry possible month after month. 

Thanks be to God who goes before us, calling us from our blessed past into a bold future. Amen. 

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About

The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a mission of Grace Presbyterian Church and serves about 700 people each month. The Food Pantry distributes food that is purchased from the West Alabama Food Bank. Each year, Grace Presbyterian Church holds an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds support the Food Pantry.

Location

Loaves & Fishes is located at Grace Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa.

Hours of Operation

The Food Pantry distributes food the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Those in need may pick up food between the hours of 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Distribution day check-in begins in the church parking lot with distribution going directly into vehicles from outside the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry doorway.

Donations

The pantry accepts donations of non-perishable items including canned goods, grains, pastas, etc. The pantry also has a need for grocery bags. Donations can be made by leaving items in the food pantry basket at the back of the sanctuary each Sunday or during normal hours of operation.

Thank you for your financial and material support of this ministry, which is truly vital in all three senses of the term: vital in the sense of serving a critical need, vital in the sense of giving life, and vital in the sense of flourishing.

Volunteers

Many volunteers are needed each month both for distribution days and for stocking the pantry and for bagging food.  For more information and/or to volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Donovan: [email protected] or the Food Pantry manager,  Jennifer Sheppard: [email protected]  Or, contact the church office: 205-758-1193; [email protected]