The ROUND PANTRY is a distributing agency of Community Food Share that provides nutritious food to anyone in need, at no cost to recipients. Mulay’s Sausage routinely gives product to Round Pantry to help those in need receive nutritious ingredients. Recently, Loree asked Nancy Hurianek, Facilitator of The Round Pantry, to answer some questions so we could share this important organization’s mission and purpose.
What is the mission?
Westview’s Session, Outreach Ministry Area, members and donors work together with volunteers from across the community to demonstrate our strong commitment to “being the hands and feet of Christ.” Jesus’ charge to “feed my sheep,” [John 21:17] is taken to heart. The ROUND PANTRY has continuously worked to fulfill its mission to feed the hungry in body, mind and spirit for more than eleven years. Each guest is greeted with respect, acceptance and joy.
When and why was it started?
A group of five women had come to realize that there were many people living near the church and in other neighborhoods where church members lived who did not have a way to get the food needed by their families. The group worked with the then Interim Pastor and Community Food Share to come up with a way to address the need for food resources. With the help of a young man interested in earning his Eagle Scout badge and the 2,000 pounds of food he collected, The Round Pantry opened on April 13, 2010.
Who does the Round Pantry Serve?
The Round Pantry is open to anyone in the greater St. Vrain Valley area who needs food. No ID or other qualification is required at this time. We welcome all Shoppers.
How many people does it serve each week?
The Round Pantry is currently serving about 450 households in its drive line operation and another 600 through community distribution.
How many volunteers does it take?
Over 200 volunteers prepackage food on Monday, work our drive line distribution on Tuesday and distribute food to the community on Wednesday.
Where do you get the food to feed so many people?
Most of the food distributed by The Round Pantry is provided by Community Food Share. Food is also directly donated to The Round Pantry is by groups and individuals.
What funding resources does the pantry rely on?
The Round Pantry is funded by individual donations. Westview Presbyterian Church provides space, heat and lights and pays the annual Community Food Share agency fee. Over the years, The Round Pantry has also received grants from Group Publishing (1), and Longmont Community Foundation (2) for specific projects. And, most recently, The Round Pantry received major grant funding from the State of Colorado’s Food Pantry Assistance Grant program for the purchase of protein and produce.
Tell us about the grant that the pantry received to buy protein?
Late in 2020, the State Legislature passed HB20B-1003 to appropriate additional funding for Colorado’s Food Pantry Assistance Grant program. The program is intended to “aid Colorado food pantries and food banks in the purchase of foods that better meet the needs of their clientele.” [HB20B=1003] Round Pantry leadership determined that providing additional fresh produce and various kinds of protein would benefit and be appreciated by shoppers.
Why did you chose to buy Mulay’s Sausage?
Round Pantry leadership knows the Mulay Sausage brand well! We know of the quality and nutritional value and our shoppers have benefitted from and appreciated Mulay’s products donated to the Round Pantry in the past.
Please give us the days and times and location of the Round Pantry
The Round Pantry distributes food on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month (except In December when we are open only on 2nd Tuesday) between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
How can I volunteer for the Round Pantry?
Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance at www.signupgenius.com/go/roundpantry, as we limit our number of volunteers at any given time to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
How can I donate to the Round Pantry?
Checks can be mailed to the church office:
Westview Presbyterian Church
The ROUND PANTRY 1500 Hover St. Longmont, CO 80501-2465
*include The Round Pantry in the memo line
Cash donations should only be given in person during The ROUND PANTRY hours. Donations are accepted at the Volunteer Registration Desk (in the Outreach Place).
Credit card donations are accepted at the church website, wvpres.org using the blue “Give Now” button in the upper right. Look for “The ROUND PANTRY,” enter the amount and press the “Continue” button.