Feeding Lee County
"We make a living
by what we get,
we make a life
by what we give."
The pantry began in 1995, with Mr. Cliff Pickens making a trip to Memphis in his personal vehicle and setting up operations with the help of the Memphis Food Bank. The first day of operation 8 families were fed. The pantry was located in a closet at St Luke United Methodist Church and remained at that location until 2011. It expanded to 5 classrooms and fed over 500 families a month. In 2011, the pantry moved to its current location and now serves over 1200 families a month.
St. Luke Food Pantry is one of the largest in Mississippi. It serves many families in this area that cannot afford to buy food. We are open each Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Participants are eligibile to come once per month if needed. We have witnessed a steady increase of clients in the past several years due to high unemployment and the strain on personal income. We demonstrate God’s love toward each participant that walks through our doors. We want to show them that we care and are here to walk with them during this difficult time by providing them with quality food.
The breakdown of the volunteer
weekly workforce needed.
The St. Luke Food Pantry could not function if not for its 20-25 volunteer workforce who serves guests each Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon 50 weeks a year.
From October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, volunteers distributed over 15,000 boxes of food to over 5,300 unique individuals. With each box averaging 40 pounds, we estimate that we have distributed almost 700,000 pounds of food in the last 12 months. The St. Luke Food Pantry is ready and willing to be involved in our clients’ lives to help provide a hand up from poverty and welfare to a successful life. If you are drawn to serve, please contact us or complete the attached form. We would love for you to join the team.
Since our beginnings, St. Luke Food Pantry has established great relationships with several churches and organizations in the area. Although we have the support of faith organizations as a whole, we need the help of individuals financially and physically. Partner with us and give just a few hours or a few dollars, and you will help put food in families’ kitchens where there was none. All donations, volunteers, time, and allocated facilities are used 100% to deliver the St. Luke Food Pantry program. Our food pantry operates using USDA guidelines and instructions from the Mid-South Food Bank and the Mississippi Food Network. We have continued our partnership with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and have found that the work- release inmates who have been working with us often times come back to volunteer or receive food after they have been released. We have found that this partnership has increased our reach into the community and has had many positive effects.