Community Service

Friends of Clementon Food Pantry

In St Mary’s Episcopal Church at 33 Berlin Road in Clementon, NJ 08021

Wednesdays 5PM – 7PM
Saturdays 8AM – 10AM

Outside of those times, call 609-230-7714

 

About the Pantry

Advocating Change

A friendly outdoor volunteer collects paperwork as clients remain in their vehicles or in an outdoor waiting area. Clients can also elect to be matched with Camden County services, such as mental health. Volunteers inside assemble boxes and bags based on the client’s choice, family size, composition, and needs. 

The client-choice model is built on the idea of allowing clients to choose their own food. Some client-choice pantries resemble small grocery stores, with products arrayed on shelves and in coolers/freezers, from which clients can fill boxes or bags. Others produce a list of the food they have available, and then prepare individual packages based on clients’ selections. Client-choice pantries tend to be very space-flexible, some have been successfully run out of closets, and still others thrive without using a building at all. Choosing their own food gives clients a sense of control rather than the helplessness of being told, in essence, that “this is what you get”; and since clients tend not to take food they won’t use, relatively little of a what a client-choice food pantry distributes goes to waste. The diverse and shifting inventories of Food Banks are well-suited to providing client-choice food pantries with a wide array of products to offer their clients. All told, a client-choice pantry can offer families in need in its community many times more help than a standardized food box/bag pantry with the same resources.

Everyone who serves is a volunteer and a member of the community.

 

Our Causes

It Starts With the Will to Make a Difference

Volunteers Serving Food

Feeding Families

Image by Matt Collamer

Connecting the Homeless to Services

Aiding Veterans

Image by Daniel Ioanu

Food for our Furry Family Members

Image by Krista Mangulsone
 
Image by Joel Muniz

Want to volunteer?

We'd love to have you!

Join Us on Wednesdays or Saturdays

 

Contact Us

33 Berlin Rd
Clementon, Camden County 08021

609-230-771

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