NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Disabilities and Special Needs Board provides many services to its clients. One of those services is its Pride Pantry, which provides food and toiletries to clients who are in need.
“Just like everybody else, sometimes our folks need some help to get through the month. We have about 80 folks that are residential, but we also have about 100 plus folks that live out in the community and those are primarily the folks who need help from the Pride Pantry,” said Cindy Far, quality enhancement director of the NCDSNB.
Case managers and coordinators primarily handle the Pride Pantry making sure that everyone gets the help they need.
Although community members contribute to donating to the Pride Pantry, Farr said that the majority of donations come from NCDSNB staff.
“We keep the pantry going through food drives. In the past, we’ve had a Carolina and Clemson week food drive where staff could put their food in either box and whoever had the most was the winner. Right now, the pantry is getting kind of low, so we decided to incorporate a food drive with our agency-wide training day which is coming up Aug. 1,” said Farr.
Farr stressed that donations are not solely limited to food. Items such as toothpaste, shampoo and other personal hygiene items are also welcomed.
“I just feel that Pride Pantry is just another way we can help support the folks her at the Board and make sure that they have the things that they need and that they are taken care of,” said Farr. “This is one of the really great ways that our staff and the community can give back by doing this. It means a lot to the people that we support that when they are in need, they can come here.”
With the Pride Pantry, Farr said that while their clients are able to utilize the various food banks in the community, they will still need transportation. The Pride Pantry allows convenience for them to come and get food and supplies, while also having relationships with the people at NCDSNB.
“I do think it’s important for the folks to utilize the Pride Pantry to get the things they need. We encourage people to bring things are ready-made meals that they can just open a can of soup or things that necessarily don’t need to be prepared but be can be warmed up,” said Farr.
Donations are not distributed on a particular day. Clients are able to go the the Pride Pantry whenever they need supplies to “go shopping” and get what they need based on their own preference or needs.
Donations can be dropped off at NCDSNB at 115 Nance St. in Newberry from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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