Imagine what would happen if you experienced a sudden illness that required an extended hospital stay. What if your place of employment found it necessary to cut back on or eliminate your services. Or your retirement funds shrink to miniscule proportions because of inflation and unexpected expenses. Or, like many in our county, the jobs that are available just don't pay enough to live on. Those are realities that are faced by hundreds of our neighbors each and every day here in Newport. Many adults go without eating so their children can have dinner. Asking for help is difficult. They want desparately to be self-sufficient. Often, the word "failure" creeps into their minds.
At the Newport Food Pantry, we strive to offer assistance in a welcoming atmosphere that allows some choice to people who are, in many ways, out of options in so many areas of their lives.
We don't stop there. We keep abreast of services that are offered by other agencies so that we can make referrals when necessary. Classes on cooking and nutrition are offered so people can find out what to do with that bag of dried beans. They can even learn how to grow healthy lettuce on their back porch if they so desire.
We get much of our food from the Oregon Food Bank and Food Share of Lincoln County as well as local stores. But quantities and selections are limited so we also rely heavily on donations from people right here in Newport who so generously give of their time, talent, money, and food. We thank each and every one of you who makes this mission possible.
The Newport Food Pantry is dedicated to providing for the needs of hungry people by collecting and distributing food, educating the community about hunger, and collaborating with others who address needs. No child in Newport should go to bed hungry.
This is a shopping pantry so clients can choose the food items and quantities that they will utilize. In addition, through the pantry and the 12th Street Plant A Row Garden, we implement educational programs that focus on nutrition, cooking, and sustainability.