Food Pantry: Emmanuel’s Table

Food Pantry: Emmanuel’s Table

Emmanuel’s Table Food PANTRY HOURS

The pantry is open every second and fourth Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  If you would like to receive updates via text to let you know for certain the pantry is open, text @eepis to 81010.

Find out more about the drive-through pickup process . There are no income requirements to receive help if you need it. If you are not able to get to the pantry, you are welcome to send someone to pickup for you. They’ll need your name, phone number and number of people in your household. (We are not able to deliver.)

Immediate needs of Emmanuel’s Table

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.

1. VOLUNTEERS

The Pantry is run entirely by volunteers. Right now, we are in great need of 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 in on a rotating schedule based on their availability. This means you can come in Mondays and/or Tuesdays once a month, twice a month, or even every other month if that’s what you’re able to commit to. 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 until noon. Our volunteer coordinator works with the team to determine their availability and set the schedule. If for some reason a volunteer isn’t able to come in, we ask that they find another team member to take their place. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out and return the volunteer application. Download If you have questions, contact us.

At this time, given safety concerns, we aren’t able to accept private individual food donations. 

2. DONATIONS

The Pantry operates entirely thanks to donations from the community, so monetary donations are vital to keep food on our shelves and the doors open.

Our best source for food remains the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  Everything they offer is far less expensive than big box retail, often only a few cents a case.  For example, 8 jars of 48 oz. cinnamon applesauce cost $1.30.  Spicy breaded chicken filets cost $1.66 for six 5 pound bags.  There are often unusual and fun offerings too, like twelve 17.6 oz jars of salsa for 65 cents.  All  fresh produce is given to us at no cost. So, we can really make monetary donations stretch to serve the most people. However,  we also welcome donations of nonperishable foods if you’re cleaning out your pantry.

Donations may be sent via check made out to Emmanuel Church to Emmanuel Episcopal Church 122 E. Court St. Woodstock, VA 22664. (Be sure to note that the donation is for the food pantry.)

At this time, given safety concerns, we aren’t able to accept private individual food donations. 

They cOME and the Lord provides

Most pantry days, folks are waiting when we open the doors and a steady stream continues through the morning. We serve anyone in need of food assistance and invite folks to come weekly if they need. There are no income requirements — We only ask that clients 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.

We typically serve around 70 households representing about 200 individuals each week. The number continues to rise since we opened in 2017. The Pantry is operated entirely by volunteers and food is available thanks to generous donations.

Meet The People we serve

Many are grandparents caring for grandchildren. Others are single parents, elderly couples or families with young children. Many have serious infirmities or are caring for someone who does. Unfortunately, some have been impacted by the opioid crisis.  We serve every person who comes to the pantry with dignity and respect, understanding that all of us need a helping hand and caring heart at different points of our lives.

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. Some may not be operating at this time, so please call ahead.

Additionally, ShenCo kids may go to the middle school at their nearest campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through July to receive a free breakfast and lunch. For information, check the school district website.

Beyond THE PANTRY

Pantry guests are invited to come to church and participate in other parish activities, such as our Thanksgiving meal at Emmanuel and (free) community lunch every second Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s (currently suspended). Of course, everyone is always welcome to come to one of our Sunday services! There is no pressure to take part in these events — everyone is always welcomed, served and treated kindly at the pantry.