Zion UCC Food Pantry

We are called to be Christ's presence in this world at all times.  In times of crisis, illness, loss and upheavel we are called to action.  The Food Pantry is there when people are in need.   People from all walks of life are made to feel loved and welcome.   In Jesus's world there are no strangers, only brothers and sisters.  All are welcome.

 

Matthew 25:35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

 

THE PANTRY HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS zionfoodptry@fuse.net

Who is the Zion Church Food Pantry Serving?

Norwood is a community that was once known for its manufacturing. It housed industrial giants such as General Motors, Fisher Body, Allis-Chalmers, Mead Corporation, Globe-Wernicke, Le Blond Machine Tool Company, American Laundry Machine Company and more. As the manufacturing companies disappeared, so did the jobs and the people. Norwood’s population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, is 19,207. This represents a 11.4% loss since 2000. Its unemployment rate presently hovers around 8.8%. Its current job growth rate is estimated at – 0,63%.

 

Our pantry serves a community that has a poverty rate for the general population of 18.8%. For families it is rated at 19.3%. (U.S. Census 2010). 60.4% of Norwood’s 2,200 school children are economically disadvantaged and receive free or reduced lunches. It is suspected, however, that this figure is even greater because the high schoolers tend to ignore or don’t return the necessary paperwork.

2017 Food Pantry Dates & Hours of Operation

The  pantry is open every Tuesday from 10 AM to 11:30 AM, except the fifth Tuesday of  the month.  We are also open the Saturday of the community dinner from 10AM  to 11:30 AM. Thank You.

2017 ZION FOOD PANTRY CALENDAR.docx
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Financial Eligibility Chart

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Statistics of Those Whom We Have Served

Aggregate Pantry Statistics for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

 

 

2012

2013

2014

 2015

 2016

2017

Number of Households

1,135

1,498

2,280

 2,206

2,208

1,076

 Number of Seniors (Age 60 & Older)

195

359

741

 803

712

392

 Number of Adults Served,

(Age 18-59)

1,570

1,881

2,833

 2,690

2,740

1,253

 Number of Children Served,

(Age birth to 17)

1,077

1,017

1299

1,073

1091

497

 Total Number of People Served

2,842

   

3,405

4,873

 4,566

4,363

2,142



AGGREGATE PANTRY STATISTICS: June 2017

Total Number of Households Served

193

 

Breakdown of  Households Included >

71

Seniors (age 60 +)

219

Adults (age 18-59)

87

Children (age 0-17)

Persons Served

377

 

Total Expenditures for May 2017>

 

 

$1,793.55

 



 

Total Expenditures for June:   $1,793.55

 

As always, special thanks to our monthly supporters:   Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Norwood Business & Professional Women’s Club, Norwood Presbyterian Church, New City Presbyterian Church, New Haven Missionary Baptist Church, and Trinity Pentecostal Church for their donations.

 

Special thanks to one very special Zion UCC member for her generous donations.

 

We are still in need of additional volunteers.  If you know of any one interested, please have them email the Zion Food Pantry at ZionFoodPnty@fuse.net.

 

Believe it or not, we are running low, once again, on plastic grocery bags.

 

Total amount received from donations for June, $1,550.00