Clarksville Food Pantry

Volunteer Newsletter

May 2023

Distributing Supplemental Food For Adults, Children, & Especially Seniors, Who Lack An Adequate Supply

Feed More's Food Lion Feed's Demonstration Kitchen

Clarksville Food Pantry President Jessie Ruff attended recent open house!

The Feed More South Hill Branch serves as a distribution center supporting agencies and programs in our southern region, including the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and the city of Emporia. At over 12,000 square feet, the South Hill facility stores perishable and non-perishable items to meet the needs of the South Central region of the state, and is the proud home of Feed More's Food Lion Feed's Demonstration Kitchen. Now available as a meeting space for food demonstrations and nutrition education events, Jessie had the pleasure of touring the facility and brainstorming with others potential opportunities for our community.

Front row: Center: Ana Puckett, Regional Manager/South Feed More, Right: David Waidelich, Chief Collaboration & Programs Officer Feed More 

Back row: Ann Vargo, VA Extension Agent for Feed More, Jessie Ruff, President Clarksville Food Pantry, Yvonne Alexander, Director Mecklenburg Senior Citizens Inc.

Volunteer Highlight

Clarksville Presbyterian Church

A dedication to alleviating hunger and eliminating its underlying causes is embedded deeply in the congregation of Clarksville Presbyterian Church. Within the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination, the church has been recognized as a “Hunger Action Congregation” and most recently as a “Matthew 25 Church”. Church members serve in leadership roles in the Food Pantry, Backpack Buddies, and church mission projects. 

The congregation is quick to step forward when the church is scheduled to distribute food or to help with jobs such as loading tons of incoming deliveries, stocking food on the shelves, or entering computer data. When asked why they do it, most will say that serving others is what Christ commanded us to do, but they will also affirm that developing relationships with the clients and other volunteers is a wonderful benefit, and working at the Pantry is fun! As the church embarks on a new initiative for “Eradicating Systemic Poverty”, the community can watch for more good things to come!

Upcoming Pantry Schedule

May 2023

May 3rd & May 6th 

St Catherine Catholic Church

May 10th & May 13th

St John Baptist Church

May 17th & May 20th

St Luke Baptist Church

May 24th & May 27th 

St Timothy’s Episcopal Church

May 31st & June 3

Union Level Baptist Church

June 2023

June 3rd

Union Level Baptist Church

June 7th & June 10th

Averett Baptist Church

June 14th & June 17th

Cherry Hill Baptist Church

June 21st & June 24th

Clarksville Lions Club

June 28th & July 1st

Clarksville Presbyterian Church

COVID-19 Test Kits

Still Available

Clarksville Food Pantry Cares About Our Guests and Volunteers

While they last, we have COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests available to our guests and volunteers. One test per box so please distribute appropriately to meet each family's needs.

Volunteers, please stop by the pantry during open hours and ask the volunteer group that is working for tests. This will help us limit the number of people inside the pantry and efficiently meet the needs of our guests in line.

New Initiatives

May's Non-Grocery Item

Please remember to add a bottle of hand soap

when packing #1 boxes. Limit one per family.

Improvements are

Always Happening

Thanks to our amazing community partners, we have replaced all banana boxes with collapsable, washable, and stackable crates.

Coming Soon: A new commercial 2 shelf cart to aid in transporting pantry boxes to guests cars.

Community Partners

Clarksville Dollar General and

Dollar General Market

Food insecurity impacts people of all ages in communities across the country. Dollar General is proud to leverage their unique store footprint to help increase access to a variety of nutritious foods that help provide meals to individuals facing hunger.

Through Dollar General's Feeding America Product Donations program, the Clarksville Food Pantry receives food and groceries or personal care items to share with pantry guests in need.

The Dating Dilemma


And We've Got Milk!

While Supplies Last

Thank you to Dollar General, our community partner for the donation of 1/2 gallon and gallon jugs of whole milk dated May 5th!

How long can you keep dairy products like yogurt, milk,

and cheese in the refrigerator?

If unopened, whole milk lasts 5-7 days, reduced-fat and skim milk last 7 days and non-fat and lactose-free milk last 7-10 days past its printed date, if refrigerated. Milk can be refrigerated seven days; buttermilk, about two weeks. Milk or buttermilk may be frozen for about three months.

Yogurt can be stored in the refrigerator (40 ºF) one to two weeks or frozen (0 ºF) for one to two months. Soft cheeses such as cottage cheese, ricotta or Brie can be refrigerated one week but they don't freeze well. Hard cheeses such as cheddar, Swiss and Parmesan can be stored in the refrigerator six months before opening the package and three to four weeks after opening. It can also be frozen six months.

Processed cheese slices don't freeze well but can be kept in the refrigerator one to two months. Sour cream is safe in the refrigerator about one to three weeks but doesn't freeze well. 

FDA supports efforts by the food industry to make “Best if Used By” the standard phrase to indicate the date when a product will be at its best flavor and quality. Consumers should examine foods for signs of spoilage that are past their “Best if used by” date. If the products have changed noticeably in color, consistency or texture, consumers may want to avoid eating them.

For more information, you may call the FDA toll-free at 888-723-3366 or go to FDA's website.

Look for the Feed More Perishable Distribution Guidelines posted on the refrigerated display case and on the produce refrigerator at the pantry to assist you when distributing perishable items.

Follow the Dating Dilemma each month for more tips!

Get In Touch

Clarksville Food Pantry

Clarksville Community Center,

103 Woodland Drive,

Clarksville, VA 23927

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