Promise Land Storehouse
A Community Food Pantry Serving Charles City County
The Storehouse was created in March 2020 to fill a critical need; one in every seven people in Charles City County doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from according to FeedMore, our regional food bank. Charles City is a vast area of 204 square miles without a single grocery store.
Food sources: The Storehouse provides healthy, diverse and enjoyable food choices with help from the community. Your financial support allows us to shop at our regional food bank at greatly reduced prices. We also receive food donations from volunteer collection sites and from patrons that shop online via our Amazon MarketPlace account. Most enjoyable to our customers is the fresh produce we receive from local farms. All combined, we collect food almost daily to keep our selves and cold storage stocked.
Ways to Support: Help support the Storehouse by selecting Promise Land Pastures as your charity with the Amazon Smile Program. By doing so, Amazon will make a donation to the Storehouse based on your purchases.
Of course we always welcome you to follow us on Facebook where we post current information and updates on our upcoming distributions.
Drive-thru service: COVID has been a real challenge for our operations – we operate a drive-thru service twice a month because our capacity to safely store and distribute food is greatly limited. We operate from 800 s.f. of temporary storage space while we continue to seek a permanent location. We are unable to create any type of storefront because we lack the space to separate our inventory and equipment areas from customer areas. In fact, our distribution efforts occur outside in a breezeway area.
Home-delivery: In addition to our bi-monthly distribution, we operate a bi-monthly home delivery service to over 45 of our home-bound neighbors.
Partnerships: Since our first distribution on April 11, we have served about 2,000 families. None of this would have been possible without the assistance of Charles City Public Schools for use of temporary storage space, Charles City County government for partnering to secure a COVID emergency relief grant to purchase essential cold storage and operational equipment, and Thrive Virginia for their donation of grant funds from Dominion Energy to purchase much needed racking, office equipment and food.
The Storehouse also relies on its backbone of volunteers who sort and package food for distribution, manage six home-delivery routes, and collect food from various sites and farms on almost a daily basis. All of these efforts are done without compensation.
A place to call home: While we have made significant strides, there remains much to be done to reduce hunger in our community. By far our biggest barrier is the lack of a building on a piece of property that we can call home. We need to grow our operations into a customer-focused shopping experience that offers both daytime and evening hours during the week and on the weekend.
Support: If you would like more information or would like to help, please email Jackie Stewart: Jackie@PromiseLandPastures.org. All gifts are tax deductible.