The Pantry is Open at St. James', Lincoln

The Pantry is Open at St. James', Lincoln

When the shelter in place orders first began, St James’, Lincoln, decided to close their food ministry, The Pantry, that provides groceries to their neighbors. Instead, through the generosity of their members, they provided the low-income apartments near the church with Walmart gift cards to distribute to those in need.

A few weeks ago, when some of the shelter in place orders were lifted in Placer County they decided to begin a soft reopening of The Pantry. On Thursday mornings, the Very Rev. Sarah Quinney and one or two volunteers (Emily and Ryan are pictured) collect food donated to the ministry from those in their community and pack grocery bags. The volunteers then distribute the bags, with masks and gloves, to those who drive by the church garage. They are also able to give gift cards to those in need from time to time. The Pantry ministry has recognized the gift of expanded service to more people in our community during this re-opening time. Another gift the ministry has received during this time is the gift of new relationships with those they are able to assist. Guests want information about online services and one of the guests will begin volunteering alongside them soon!

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