MONROE – The Union County Department of Social Services will no longer participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly Commodity Surplus Food program.
Instead, Social Services is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to distribute those food supplies through pantries throughout Union County.
Due to the overwhelming need for food for families in Union County, the wait for commodity food has increased dramatically. Families have had to stand in line for hours to receive food each quarter, and many times lines began to form as early as 9 p.m. the night before a distribution.
“Volunteers have worked extremely hard to help meet the demands of the citizens in our communities and distributed food to more than 46,000 families during the past 10 years,” Social Services’ Volunteer Services Coordinator Gloria Haney said in a news release. “In order to continue feeding the families in the most effective manner, pantries should begin receiving food within the next few weeks, and families will no longer need to rush to stand in line in order to receive food.”
Each pantry will have established hours each month when families can pick up their food. Pantries that have agreed to assist in distributing the Department of Agriculture commodities are:
• Operation Reachout, 1308 Miller St., Monroe. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
• New Testament Baptist Church, Goldmine Road, Monroe. By appointment only; call 704-283-5606.
• Tu Agencia Latina, 616 G&H Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Common Cupboard, Indian Trail. For more information, call 704-451-5184.
• Open Arms, Wingate. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
If you have an established food pantry and would like to consider adding U.S. Department of Agriculture commodity food for distribution to families in your area, call Haney at 704-296-4312.