Food Bags

A shopping cart in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall is the collection place for donations of healthy, non-perishable groceries destined for the food pantry at Urban Ministries. Clients "shop" from the food pantry's shelves, selecting the items which are best for them and their families. (Read more about the new Client Choice model below.)

Any healthy non-perishable items are acceptable, or you can bring a "basic food bag."
  • 1 lb. rice
  • 1 lb. grits
  • 1 lb. dried beans 
  • 2 cans bean (navy, pinto, kidney, etc. but NO GREEN BEANS)
  • 1 jar peanut butter
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 1 can carrots
  • 2 qts. dried milk
  • 2 cans or jars applesauce
  • 2 boxes mac & cheese
Please double bag for strength, whether you use paper or plastic.  If you decide to divide your list in two bags, please tie them together so we get an accurate count of how many full "orders" we provide each month.  Joe Retzer drives our bags to Urban Ministries and can answer your questions.

Client Choice:  Clients select their own groceries
A letter from Jordan Hewitt, Development Associate at Urban Ministries of Wake County

I'm so glad you're interested in our new model! So far it's been going really great. People seem really happy to get to choose their own groceries.

What is the change? We moved from pre-packaging groceries to allowing clients to pick out their own groceries. We've found that not only does this help with meal planning, but it also creates less wasted food, and it restores dignity to many families in tough situations.

How do our basic bags fit into this new system? The basic bag is great! All of the foods that are included in a basic bag are still needed. Once the basic bags arrive, we simply restock the items on the shelves.  This way it allows for families to pick out what they like and it helps with meal planning.

Low-sugar/low-sodium foods are always needed.  Many of our clients do have health related diets we'd like to help accommodate.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks for being a fan!


Read more about Client Choice