The Delta Food Pantry serves those in need every weekday morning. Starting in February, the Food Pantry will also be open on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to accommodate working individuals who need assistance. Co-director Mary Pfalzgraff anticipates the expanded hours to be particularly helpful, since food stamps won't be issued during the month of February.
Getting food into the hands of clients and onto the dinner table takes a massive amount of volunteer time and talent, especially as the need continues to grow. The Delta Food Pantry is proud to have on its volunteer roster some of Delta County's most generous, hardworking people who help the pantry with everything from fundraising and organizing food drives to administrative work to working directly with clients. "The need in Delta is great, and it takes many hands to help feed our hungry neighbors," said Karen Basher, co-director.
There are two areas where more help is needed, however, in order to continue serving the needs of clientele. The pantry is especially in need of volunteers for its substitute pool, filling in when regularly-scheduled volunteers are unavailable. Volunteers will assist clients during food pickup times and will accept and sort donations as they come in. Also needed are volunteers with trucks who are able and willing to pick up the large quantity food donations from area grocery stores on a weekly basis. Each shift is about one hour and a half.
The Delta Food Pantry is staffed completely by volunteers and funded 100 percent by community donations of food and financial gifts. "We are grateful to the many, many individuals, churches, businesses and civic groups who all chip in to help keep the Food Pantry doors open and food on the table for those facing hunger in our community," Pfalzgraff said.
Volunteers with the Delta Food Pantry ended last year on a high note, serving over 1,500 hungry individuals and families in the Delta area in 2018, which is an increase over past years by about 170 individuals. "We could not have served this many hungry people without the incredibly generous support of the community," said Pfalzgraff. "The support has been absolutely amazing."
Families are able to get emergency food assistance at the Delta Food Pantry Monday-Friday 10:30-11:30 a.m. The pantry is located behind St. Michael's Catholic Church on 6th and Meeker; the entrance is in the alley. When visiting, families receive about five days worth of food, including fresh produce, bread, meat and pantry staples like cereal, tuna, peanut butter and rice.
Call Mary Pfalzgraff if you would like to volunteer at 970-275-9670. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 903, Delta, CO 81416. Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted during regular hours.