1294 Jack Dayton Circle
Young Harris, GA  30582
706-896-4783


          The Towns County Food Pantry is a ministry of the Towns County Cooperative Ministries.  It’s purpose is to help the needy of Towns County.  The Towns County Food Pantry is a non-profit organization supported solely by area churches, business, groups and individuals.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
                Free food distribution will be held at the Food Pantry every other Tuesday from 2 pm – 5 pm.  All that are in need of food assistance are encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to pick up your food, please contact the pantry at 706-896-4783 prior to distribution day so arrangements can be made to deliver your food.

The Food Pantry served:
2014:  29,200 adults and 7,400 children
136+ tons of food.
Last month:  1,880 adults and 1,120 children.
All clients and inquiries are confidential.

HOW TO RECEIVE FOOD:
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS EVERY OTHER TUESDAY FROM 2 TO 5 PM
(PLEASE CALL TO GET NEXT DISTRIBUTION DATE)

WHO WE SERVE:
  • Low wage families
  • Single parents
  • Struggling seniors
  • Unemployed
  • Disabled

               The Towns County Food Pantry is open to any one in need.  To receive free food your income must be below the income criteria in the following chart:

Household size                                                                 Monthly Income                             Weekly Income
                1                                                                              $1,265                                                   $292
                2                                                                              $1,705                                                   $394
                3                                                                              $2,144                                                   $495
                4                                                                              $2,584                                                   $597
                5                                                                              $3,024                                                   $698
                6                                                                              $3,464                                                   $800
                7                                                                              $3,904                                                   $901
                8                                                                              $4,344                                                   $1,003

Each additional member:                                                 Add $   440                                           Add  $  102

Receiving food from the Food Pantry does not affect social security, food stamps, unemployment or any other program you may be participating in.

WHO  WE  ARE:
The Towns County Food Pantry was founded in 2008 by David Mullins and Jim Hicks following the dream of Mr. Mullin’s daughter, LaRanda Mauldin, to help feed those families or individuals who, at that time, lack the resources to obtain it alone.  County Commissioner Bill Kendall, when approached on the project, brought Teresa Stephens of Georgia Ninth District Opportunity to head up the project.  It was organized as a mission under the Towns County Cooperative Ministries, Inc. and housed in a new office/warehouse provided by the Commissioner.

During the second half of 2008, the Pantry grew with more and more volunteers stepping up to handle the growing demands of the community as the economy tumbled towards a depression, by receiving, sorting and packaging food contributed by the community through churches, businesses, organizations and individuals.  In January of 2009, the Pantry met the requirements of the Georgia Food Bank and started purchasing food through the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Ga, at an approximate cost of 18 cents per pound, and thanks to the generous donations from the community was able to purchase a little over 5,000 pounds for its first weekly distribution to 130 households, feeding approximately 300 people.

The weekly demands grew to almost 400 households per week, to eventually purchasing and distributing over 300,000 pounds of food to 13,200 households, feeding almost 30,000 people during 2009, 7,456 of which were children.

The goals of the Food Pantry are to reach every household in Towns County who is in serious need of our assistance, and to provide them with healthful and nutritionally wholesome food with dignity and respect to all involved.

MISSION STATEMENT
“BY GRACE OF GOD, TOWNS COUNTY FOOD PANTRY EXISTS TO ASSURE THAT NO CITIZENS OF TOWNS COUNTY GOES HUNGRY, TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR THOSE IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCDES, AND TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT”

DONATE:
The Towns County Food Pantry depends solely on donations from the community, making it a true “Neighbors helping Neighbors” project.  Donations include money, food, hygiene and baby products.

Due to our alliance with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, we are able to purchase food at 18 cents per pound, making money our most valued donation.  However, hygiene and baby products are not available to us there.

Top 20 food items needed:
  • Diapers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Coffee
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Juice (no sodas)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail)
  • Canned corn
  • Dry Pasta (spaghetti, elbow, egg noodles)
  • Canned Pasta (ravioli, spaghettios, etc)
  • Canned meat/meal (chilli, ham, hash, etc)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Oil (any kind)
  • Flour
  • Dish Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Pet Food (dog and cat)
  • Misc. items (mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings, etc)
  • Baby food includes diapers and Similac

All food donated should be in its original packaging, unopened and in date.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Towns County Food Pantry
P. O. Box 42
Hiawassee, GA  30546

The Towns County Food Pantry is a non-profit community organization maintaining 501(3c)) status, and all donations are tax deductible.

VOLUNTEERING:

                The Towns County Food Pantry offers a wonderful opportunity to those who wish to volunteer in a very worthwhile cause.

                With the exception of a small administrative staff, the Pantry is run mostly through the generosity of volunteers willing to give of themselves and their time.

Our needs are :
To man the reception desk in 3 to 4 hour shifts per week.  Our office is open between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Our Pantry needs are to receive, stock and package the food for distribution.  We receive a delivery every Monday at 10:30 am and distribute every other Tuesday between 2 and 6 pm.

Also, the delivery of food to our many homebound clients.  Usually 2 to 3 hours a week on Tuesdays.

Apart from individuals, we encourage organizations to volunteer as a group thus furthering the camaraderie within their organization and the community.

SUPPORTERS:

Local churches, community organizations and hundreds of individuals generously donate food, money and volunteer time to keep the food pantry running successfully throughout the year.

Churches
Chamber of Commerce
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Towns County
Local Businesses
Private Individuals

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