Initially, the organizing committee contained members from the Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist faith communities, but grew to include other interested churches and supporters.
Families were served once a month with
food primarily purchased from the
Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC.
Generous donations from individuals, churches, and grants also provided GSFP funds to make these food purchases happen. With the added support of local organizations, businesses and schools holding food drives and collecting canned goods, GSFP was able to add these additional food into monthly distribution.
Between August 2008 and April 2009 the GSFP had
Nine mobile food distributions they were sponsored.
+ Our Board of Directors was formed
+ GSFP formed the legal structure
of its incorporation making the organization
The Good Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County, NC, Inc.
+ GSFP also became a tax-exempt organization.
Through the generosity of the
Bertie County Commissioners office
GSFP rents their building for just $25 a year !
Now having a structured home base allowed for freezers to be purchased to store perishable items.
This is when an ongoing sponsor Food Lion of Windsor
stepped in to help fill them up with meats, dairy,
produce, and fresh bakery items sent twice a week.
With applications of families that needed
food assistance raising drastically over the
past year, it was essential to explore new ways
to raise money that could support GSFP‘s growth.
After chatting with a former Windsor resident who had been president of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, they allowed us generous guidance to make
the birth of this annual 5k charity event happen.
The 5k now continues on as
Food Lion now donation fresh and perishable foods four times a week to support monthly distributions done twice a month. Throughout 2021 over 10,000 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed to families each month.
With the commitment of the GSFP’s first paid employee
working in harmony with volunteers who contribute over 203 hours each month of their time , The Good Shepherd Food Pantry continues to serve an average of 550 families each month from the 9 towns within Bertie County.
That includes 183 children under the age of 18
and 253 seniors over the age of 65
that we’ve dedicated food security to each month .
The Good Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County, NC
1008 N King Street Windsor, North Carolina 27983, United States
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