To help those in need of clothing and food in the Boones Mill community, a pantry called His Cupboard will open Tuesday, Aug. 13 in The Market Place behind the train depot in Boones Mill.
After moving to the area a year ago from Florida and joining Boones Mill Baptist Church, Will and Denise Stott discovered the church had a small food pantry and an annual clothing giveaway, but realized there was a greater need. Denise Stott said the last clothing giveaway had served about 400 families. With single parents, unemployed and underemployed residents in the area, she said she realized that more needed to be done.
Boones Mill Baptist Church Pastor Bob Greene agreed. The church was “not big enough to meet the need of what was happening,” he said. “We started praying about having a building to have as a pantry in our community.”
Knowing other churches and the community would pitch in, Boones Mill Town Council agreed to lease part of The Market Place for His Cupboard.
Boones Mill Town Council member Jason Masching said council is excited about the partnership. He said he feels that ongoing support for His Cupboard will reach more people in the community and as it becomes known as a resource more people will want to donate.
“We are excited to be working with Pastor Greene,” added Boones Mill Town Manager B.T. Fitzpatrick lll. “We want to give the community what they want and need. We’re glad to have the capacity to help.”
His Cupboard is partnering with Feeding America Southwest Virginia whose mission is to feed the hungry through a network of partners and engage the region in the fight to end hunger. The organization has more than 350 partner programs in Southwest Virginia, with about a half dozen of them being in Franklin County.
Amanda Allen, Feeding America’s marketing and communications coordinator, said through the partnership, His Cupboard will have the opportunity to select from a range of food products for its pantry, as well as receive other benefits such as being able to apply for grants directed through Feeding America by national partners, to participate in special training opportunities and more.
Greene said the biggest need for His Cupboard is donations of food, canned food and dry goods. As partners with Feeding America, there is a handling fee of 19 cents for each pound of food from the organization, so food donations will allow the pantry to help more people. Volunteers also are needed.
“We’re here to fill their need for clothing, food and the love of God,” Denise Stott said.
His Cupboard will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations may be dropped off during these hours.
For more information and to donate, go to www.hiscupboard.com or contact Boones Mill Baptist Church at 334-5154.