NEWBERRY — The Living Hope Foundation’s food pantry has found a new location at 3719 Louis Rich Road in Newberry.
The new location, across from Louis Rich, opened Feb. 7, according to John Glasgow, operational director of the Living Hope Foundation.
The Daily Bread Food Pantry has existed since 2004, when they were first located on Main Street in Newberry, Glasgow said. Their most recent location before the move was at Skating Rink Circle.
Glasgow said the reason for the move was that their previous location was not adequate for the jobs they needed to get done.
“It wasn’t big enough to accommodate our staff and participants,” he said.
The food pantry has been at the Louis Rich Road location before, Glasgow said, but the rent got too high, so they moved to Skating Rink Circle in Newberry.
“We were able to recently negotiate the rent with the landlord and are also sharing with another tenant,” Glasgow said about moving back to the new location.
Donations to the food pantry come from all over the county, according to Glasgow, who said they have received deliveries from Food Lion, Bi-Lo and Walmart as well as local churches. “We serve about 150 to 200 families a month on average,” Glasgow said.
Because they are an emergency food pantry, the Daily Bread Food Pantry relies on who come in off the street as far as who receives food.
“We trust when people come in, that they honestly need the help,” Glasgow said.
Glasgow said that because Newberry is a small community, the staff and volunteers at the food pantry know a lot of the needs of those that come there. Glasgow said they have a computer system as well as a paper trail on customers that visit the food pantry. They do have a screening process, Glasgow said, and those that come by must provide identification.
Only one household at a time can be helped. For example, Glasgow said they will not provide double help for two people in the same household. They try to provide enough for everyone.
Not only does the food pantry accept canned goods, which Glasgow says they need a lot of right now, but they will also take perishable items from those who donate.
“We serve whatever we have,” Glasgow said. “We will serve perishable items, as well as dry goods. We welcome them all.”
Glasgow said they have freezers, coolers and other ways to keep perishable items fresh, but will not give them to those in need unless they can be sure they are fresh and OK to give. He also said they have a good relationship with Little Caesars which has often donated pizzas.
Those interested in donating to the Daily Bread Food Pantry can call 276-8383 or take the donations to the food pantry. Glasgow said they will pick up donations for those that need them to do so.
“We’ll do whatever we need to do to help” Glasgow said.