Botetourt Food Pantry
Location: St. Mark's Ministry Center - lower level.
At the corner of Roanoke and Herndon Streets, Fincastle.
Hours of operartion: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturdays, and by appointment.
Co-Chairs: Kathy McClung and Martha Rodgers
Donations can be made at the church from 10:00 to 1:30 Monday through Thursday. Call the church office first at: 540-473-2370
About the Botetourt Food Pantry
- For the community by the community
- St. Mark's major outreach ministry is providing space and personnel to serve our community through the Botetourt Food Pantry. Area churches, organizations, and schools assist with the distribution. In addition, a number of area businesses support the Food Pantry through their support of our annual Twelfth Night Concert.
Forty years ago, Reedie Waid started the Botetourt Food Pantry. It has grown continuously and is currently serving approximately 185 families/600 people monthly. The pantry includes USDA food which is distributed through Feeding America on a monthly basis. Clients are required to fill out paperwork. This paperwork is provided to Feeding America. The food pantry does a monthly report as well as a semi-annual report indicating totals of those provided with food and an inventory of the USDA food. The Food Pantry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays, and by appointment in case of emergencies.
- The Pantry includes non-perishable canned goods, frozen meats, breads and baked goods as available. The variety of food is dependent on the donations of groups, individuals, and the items available to purchase through Feeding America and local grocery stores. The food is given from the lower level of the St. Mark's Ministry Center which has its own entrance. A "Prayer Request" box is always available in the Food Pantry, and the volunteers for that day take the needs of those to their home church on Sundays.
- The Food Pantry does assist families with electric and gas bills. This is done on a case by case basis. Please call St. Mark's for more information.
- Volunteers are especially welcome to assist not only in serving on Saturdays but on the first Monday of the month when a group off-loads their delivery truck from Feeding America. Call St. Mark's Church (540-473-2370) for more information.