Clarksville Food Pantry

Volunteer Newsletter

JUNE 2023

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

Volunteer Highlight

Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Church

Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Church is a warm-hearted church family that is the perfect size – small enough that everybody knows your name, big enough to do great things with God’s help!

Our Service is Sunday at 10:00 am and Bible Study Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Some of the mission projects we are involved in are: Food Pantry, Back Pack Buddies, Angel Tree (Christmas Gifts for Prison Inmate’s Children), Book Harvest (books for the Clarksville Elementary Students), Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, and Wings Project (Women’s personal hygiene kits which are sent overseas to different countries).

Our members volunteer in many ways for the food pantry: collecting canned goods monthly, working the food pantry every 11 weeks, on the Board of Directors, purchasing food, picking up donated food from Food Lion, and packing the monthly boxes for clients.

Our newest outreach is our “Wonderful Wednesday Feast”. We offer a free dinner the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm to anyone who needs a meal or just wants some Christian Fellowship while they eat.  Menus change every month. 

Upcoming Pantry Schedule

June 2023

June 3rd

Union Chapel 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

July 2023

July 1st

Clarksville Presbyterian Church

July 5th & July 8th

House of Prayer Church

July 12th & July 15th

Jamison United Methodist Church

July 19th & July 22nd

St Catherine Catholic Church

July 26th & July 29th

St John Baptist 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

June's Non-Grocery Item

Please remember to add a bos of bandaids

when packing #1 boxes. Limit one per family.

Community Partners

Clarksville Ruritan Club

Ruritans is a national civic organization dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill, and community service. The clubs are mostly in rural areas of the Southeast and serve rural areas. Each chapter benefits its own area. Clarksville is the epitome of this creed giving over $238 thousand dollars back to the community. The Clarksville Food Pantry is blessed to receive support from the Clarksville Ruritans.

The Ruritan Club meets the third Monday of every month for a dinner meeting, which is held at the Clarksville Community Center @ 6:30pm. Guests are always welcome.

White Oaks Preserve

White Oaks Preserve is a 350-acre property located just 6 miles from Clarksville. We offer guided deer and turkey hunts, dove hunting, tower shoots, fishing, private lodging, and a 100-yard shooting range. This year we will also have limited u-pick blueberries and a sunflower field for photo opportunities. Wedding and event space coming in 2024.

We have been donating our farm fresh eggs for the past three years. Our eggs can also be purchased at The Corner at Two One Six and found on the menu at Cooper’s Landing.

Include our website too!

The Dating Dilemma

How to Safely Handle Farm Fresh Eggs

Should Farm Fresh Eggs Be Washed?

The short answer, NO!

When an egg is laid, it naturally comes with a coating called the bloom. The bloom was specifically designed to be a layer of protection for the egg and keep bacteria out. When an egg is washed, the bloom is destroyed making the egg much more susceptible to bacteria. If an egg is washed it should be immediately refrigerated and eaten as soon as possible.

If you do need to wash a farm fresh egg to clean any dirt or debris that may have found its way onto the shell, the best way to do this is with warm water. Warm water helps the contents of the egg to expand making it more difficult for unwanted bacteria to penetrate the porous shell of an egg. Cold water does the opposite making the egg more susceptible of exposure to bacteria.

How Long are Farm Fresh Eggs Safe to Eat?

One of the biggest perks of buying eggs fresh from the farm is that you are likely getting them within just a few days of being laid. This is quite different from eggs from the grocery store that are typically between one and two months old before they even hit the shelves.

There is a definite advantage here in buying the freshest eggs which will have much less nutrient loss than eggs that have been sitting around for well over a month!

Farm fresh eggs store just fine on the counter, unwashed for at least 2 weeks. After that, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

If you are unsure how old your farm fresh eggs are and whether or not they are safe for eating, you can always give them the float test.

Float Test for Farm Fresh Eggs

A fresh egg should quickly sink when put in a bowl of water. If the egg floats, then you know this egg is not fresh or suitable for eating and should be discarded. The float test is especially useful when we discover a pile of eggs in some abnormal place on the farm and are not sure how long they’ve been sitting there.

What about Fertilized Eggs?

If there is a rooster on your farm, then some of the eggs will be fertilized. There is no visible difference in outward appearance between a fertilized and unfertilized egg. They are completely safe to eat and do not taste any different.

Sometimes you will notice a small dot of blood in a cracked egg. This is typical and completely safe to eat. However, it is always good to crack your eggs in a separate bowl before use to make sure everything looks as it should.

Store Farm Fresh Eggs Pointy Side Down

Contrary to what may look normal, eggs are best stored pointy side down. This is because there is a naturally occurring air bubble at the rounded side of the egg. By storing eggs point side down, it keeps the air bubble at the top and the yolk centered. This preserves the freshness of the egg and helps them last longer!

How long are store bought eggs safe to eat after purchase?

As long are they are kept refrigerated at 45 °F or lower, fresh shell eggs are safe to be consumed four to five weeks beyond the carton’s Julian date (the date eggs were packed). The Julian date is usually found on the short side of the carton and represents the consecutive days of the year with the number 001 as January 1 and December 31 as 365. Although not required, cartons may also carry an expiration date (EXP) beyond which the eggs should not be sold, but are still safe to eat. On cartons with the USDA grade logo, the expiration date cannot exceed 30 days after the eggs were packed in the carton. Depending on the retailer, the expiration date may be less than 30 days. Eggs packed in cartons without the USDA grade logo are governed by the laws of their states.

Follow the Dating Dilemma each month for more tips!

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Clarksville Food Pantry

Clarksville Community Center,

103 Woodland Drive,

Clarksville, VA 23927

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