Each month we chat with food pantries that have signed up with AmpleHarvest.org and share the conversation here. It’s a great way to learn more about the kind people behind food pantries in your community. Plus its a great reminder to encourage gardeners to share their abundance this upcoming growing season.
Interested in having your food pantry featured? Contact [email protected]
This month we are thrilled to highlight Bulldog Pantry, Fresno, California (across the street from Fresno State University)
What is your name and how many years you have been involved with the food pantry?
Erica Bird, 4 years
What can you tell us about the community you serve?
The community that we serve is very diverse. We serve all ages and family sizes. We also serve people from all ethnic backgrounds. Many of those we serve also find ways to give back to the pantry and to help others. We all make up a community that all works together to make it better for everyone.
How did you first get involved with the pantry you manage?
The pantry is housed in the Lutheran Campus Ministry of Fresno building. I am the board President for Lutheran Campus Ministry of Fresno. So, I went to observe the pantry in action. At the time there was one student trying to run the whole thing and I offered to help her.
Can you share an inspirational story or memorable experience about the food pantry and community your serve?
At Christmas time we participate in Toys For Tots and a client in line to get food donated his extra cash to buy toys. Watching the children of clients group and get very excited to see the faces of the pantry volunteers that they have built relationships with.
What would you like to tell gardeners in your community about the food pantry?
We always try to have fresh produce at our distributions. We do not have a regular source for our produce. Our clients appreciate a variety of fresh produce.
What is something you wish your community knew about your food pantry?
While we use volunteers from Fresno State University to run the pantry, we are not supported by the university. Also we do not only serve students, anyone in need in the community is welcome.
How can your community continue to support you?
We always welcome donations of any kind including food items, personal care items, money, or time.
How important are fresh produce donations to your food pantry and what is requested most by your clients?
One thing we are known for in the community, is always having fresh produce available. Citrus, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, berries are popular but all fresh produce items are well received.
Learn more about Bulldog Food Pantry on their website.