Partner Spotlight: Cedars Church of Christ

June 28, 2016

By Kim Turner, Communications Director

The Cedars Church of Christ food pantry located in the Prices Corner area is run by Ed and Sue Maynard and a dedicated group of volunteers.

It takes a lot of man power to make this successful pantry run. Ed and Sue are at the church five days a week, and their days start early at 6:30 a.m. From sorting to stocking and bagging produce, the work is never ending in order to best serve the community.

In addition to the food they pick up at our Newark warehouse each week (to date this year. they have picked up 429,612 pounds!), Cedars volunteers also pick up retail donations from partners like as BJs, Acme, ShopRite, Panera Bread, Pepperidge Farms and more.

Every Thursday evening, low-income households in need of emergency food assistance and residing in the surrounding communities are able to visit the church’s food pantry. When the pantry opened in 2012, hundreds of families lined up each week in need of food assistance. Over time, Cedars has refined its process in order to more efficiently serve the public.

On average, the Cedars pantry now sees 110-120 households each week.

I visited the pantry with Trevor Turner, our Operations Director. More help was needed, so we rolled up our sleeves and hopped right in.  Sue had us work in the actual pantry. Eight of us were responsible for filling bags with traditional pantry staples and a variety of frozen meats and baked goods. Before families began checking in, these shelves were fully stocked. By the time we were finished, our shelves were clear.

I was in charge of canned fruits and vegetables; Trevor was on side dish duty.

We worked hard as box after box came down the line. Pushing the boxes down the “assembly line” was easy as a church member built the pantry a special conveyor belt with wheels.

Each box was neatly labeled with the number of individuals in the household, any food allergies and special requests. I carefully examined the offerings on the shelves and picked several varieties of fruits and vegetables. I wanted to make sure the families visiting the pantry got a good assortment of carrots, peas, green beans, peaches and other staples.

Outside the pantry, families also had the chance to pick out fresh produce and other perishable goods.

Pantry visitors left with close to 100 pounds of food!

The time spent in the pantry was fun. Our two-hour shift flew by, and we had a great time meeting other volunteers, like Wilma and Katherine. Wilma has been volunteering for about a year now and Katherine is a more recent volunteer.

“I felt compelled to volunteer because of all the help my mother received when we were growing up,” Wilma explained.

Since we were newcomers, the ladies ensured that we were keeping up with the fast pace and stocking the bags correctly.

Volunteers are always needed at Cedars, Ed Maynard told us. For the pantry to effectively run on Thursday evenings, approximately 50 volunteers are needed.

Trevor and I had so much fun that we already said we would be returning for a second shift! To learn more about volunteering at Cedars Church of Christ’s food pantry, please email Sue Maynard at yachtmax@msn.com or call (302) 545-6170. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to help prepare for the distribution and every Thursday to run the pantry!

Check out some photos from our visit!

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Marla dyson says:

    My friend and I receive food on the first Thursday . unfortunately, we missed that date. Is there anyway we can come this Thursday ? We are in desperate need. Thank you for all you do !

  • Joann E Popeck says:

    Learned tonight that Mr. Maynard had a stroke and Mrs Maynard is at his side caring for her beloved husband. If like to send pursuers and well wishes for their family from ours. As a client of the Food Bank i appreciate the church the volunteers and thoughtfulness of everyone whose working extremly hard I. Their absence continueb serving the community. I often arm problematic normally with no intentions so i sure is be the last person you’d think would say anything nice. But my family has been extremly grateful for everything they’ve done for us in bthe past few years. Your in my thoughts and v prayers that we will at least have a cameo assistance from you both I. The near future that you continue to get well and the volunteers are able to manage doing what amazing work you’ve done for all of us. With a thousand well wishes and a ton of love. I wish you well. Carlene Stevenson and family

  • Carlene P Stevenson says:

    That wasn’t from my mom that was from me Carlene unsure how het name apoeared i tried deleting and reposting but was unable.

  • Prince Duncan says:

    Hi is this food bank in pa. Because I need food for my kids 7 in number.

  • Prince Duncan says:

    You can call me on 2677307132

  • Prince Duncan says:

    You can call me on 2677307132 or email me

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *