FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
What is a food bank?
A food bank is neighbors helping neighbors. The Saints' Pantry Food Bank is a central location to collect and distribute donated food in our community. We receive food donations from a variety of sources, sort it and store it in our warehouse, and distribute it to our neighbors in need. All food is supplied at no charge.
How can I receive food at The Saints' Pantry?
Simply come in to the food bank on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Tell us that you need food and fill out a simple application, which asks for your name, address, and members of your family living with you. You will also need a proof of residence so we can make sure that you are going to the food bank closest to your home: A drivers license if you have one and a current piece of official mail with their name and current address is preferred. You may come to the food bank once a week to receive food and the other services that we offer
How do I start a food drive?
We are excited about your interest in helping to end hunger in our community. Your food drive will not only collect food - it will help generate awareness of the invisible problem of hunger in our community. And organizing a food drive can be fun and exciting. Here are some tips to help you get started. The best way to ensure success is to spend time planning the drive. The primary steps to include in your plan are:
Call us to make it official: We'll be happy to answer any questions and let people know of your efforts and supply the forms necessary to use our name.
Set dates: Be sure to allow plenty of time to prepare and get the word out.
Set a goal: Decide how much food you would like to collect during your food drive. How many potential contributors do you have? How much can you reasonably expect to collect from each donor? Will you collect food or cash / or both?
Develop a Collection System: Determine how and where food will be collected. You can use boxes or bins: small to medium work best for food drives. They aren't too heavy when full and can be labelled so people know where to donate. Note that dropping food items into a large collection box damages foods by denting and breaking seals rendering the food unusable.
Food Delivery: Once collected, one of the best ways you can help us is by delivering the food to The Saints' Panty warehouse located at 214 S. 2nd Street in downtown Shelton, during our operating hours. Your extra effort to deliver the food helps us be more efficient.
Thank you for partnering with us to fight hunger in our hometown!
What area do you serve?
We serve our neighbors in the Shelton area.
Other Mason County Food Banks
Matlock Food Bank
219 Matlock-Brady Road,
Hood Canal Food Bank
331 North Finch Creek Road,
House of Prayer Food Bank
23541 NE State Route 3,
North Mason Food Bank
22471 E State Route 3,
Thurston County Food Bank
220 Thurston Avenue Northeast
South Thurston United Friends
18214 Corvallis Street Southwest
Bremerton Food Line
1600 12th Street,