Starting in November, the pantry hours are changing to 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
We are actively searching for adult volunteers for the following tasks: 1. Ordering and inventory 2. Client information input 3. Assisting volunteers. We’re also looking for other dedicated volunteers, including teens, who are able to help unload deliveries, stock shelves, pack bags and carry them up for clients. If you know of anyone who may be interested, or would like more information, please have them speak with Mother Kathy.
about The pantry
Founded in 2016, the food pantry is located at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Woodstock, Virginia, and serves Shenandoah County and surrounding areas.
We’re a need-based pantry, only asking that you truly be in need and provide basic information. That way, we can best serve the community and continue our association with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. You’re welcome to come to the pantry once or twice a month, based on your need.
No matter their circumstances, every person who comes to the pantry is served with dignity and respect. Everyone needs a helping hand and caring heart at different points in life.
At the height of the COVID crisis, we served 100 families every week by changing our packing and delivery procedures, adjusting to meet safety requirements, and staying open even during the most difficult months. The pantry continues to meet urgent needs for food, as evidenced by the folks who continue to come to our pantry and share their personal stories with us. Since January 2022, we have served 294 individuals and up to 40 families monthly from Shenandah, Rockingham and Warren counties.
HOURS & location
Emmanuel’s Table Food Pantry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
122 E. Court St., Woodstock, Virginia
Every Second and Fourth Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m. (Starting in November, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
If ShenCo schools are closed due to inclement weather, the pantry is closed.
We’re unable to deliver or serve folks on other days. If you aren’t able to get to the pantry, you are welcome to send someone to pickup for you. The pickup person needs to know your name, address, phone number and number of people in your household. Find out more about the drive-through pickup process .
HOw to help
Check above for more info on the volunteer positions we’re looking to fill.
The pantry is run entirely through church support, volunteers and generous donations. Check out the info below to see where you may be able to help. If you’re interested in helping or would like more info, please contact us.
With the generous donations of the community, we’re able to keep the shelves stocked, doors open and people fed.
Monetary donations are the most helpful since our best source for food is the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. We’re able to make each dollar stretch to it’s fullest since everything they offer is far less expensive than big box retail — often only a few cents a case. You can donate via a check made out to Emmanuel Church then sent to Emmanuel Episcopal Church 122 E. Court St. Woodstock, VA 22664. (Be sure to note that it’s for the food pantry.) All donations are tax-deductible.
However, if you’re cleaning out your pantry and have non-perishable food items to donate, you can drop them off during pantry hours.
We can always use volunteers to unload and repackage Monday deliveries and/or assist with giving out food on Tuesdays. All volunteers are welcome, whether they are a family looking to give back, a student looking for community service hours, or a community member looking to help.
Volunteers come based on their availability. Mondays are our delivery days, so this group unloads the truck and packages up the food for pickup in the afternoon. The Tuesday team comes in about 8:30 a.m. to do final set up and then hand out food.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out and return the volunteer application. If you have questions, contact us.
meet our clients
Many people we serve are grandparents caring for grandchildren. Others are single parents, elderly couples or families with young children. Many have disabilities or care for someone who does. Each pantry day, about 70 families (125 people) are served. This number has continued to grow over the years.
Beyond THE PANTRY
You’re always welcome, but not pressured to attend, our Sunday services. You’re also invited to our Thanksgiving dinner at Emmanuel and (free) community lunch at St. Andrew’s.
Additional AREA RESOURCES
We have compiled a list of area resources for those in need of assistance, including food pantries, housing assistance, abuse support and other social services.