The ‘community pantry’ has a new home, Hours in Cañon City – Canon City Daily Record
The Fremont Pantry has a new home, with updated schedules and an ordering option of the customer’s choice.
The pantry is now located in the Cañon City Pregnancy Center building, located at 614 Yale Place, on the south side of the building at the entrance to the ramp.
They moved into their new home in July.
“It’s just wonderful for us,” said Laurie Trindal, Chairman of the Board and also Founder of The Pantry of Fremont. “People can stop here and get food on their way to a doctor’s appointment or the pregnancy center. I think it will help more people. We want to be there to fill the void.
Participants are invited to two shopping trips per month at the dates and times of their choice. They log in, choose their items from an inventory sheet, then the volunteers trash and load the food.
“Our motto is ‘Zero Hunger, Zero Waste’,” said Karen Rust, Director of Operations. “We want people to get what they want, not what they don’t want.”
Participants choose from canned products, soups / noodles, proteins, canned meals, dried products, breakfast foods and frozen meat, dairy products, bread and fresh products.
Gluten-free options are also available.
“Our goal is to buy the fresh produce locally and then work with Care and Share as a frontline partner,” Rust said.
Rust said the first time someone visits the walk-in pantry, they should stop by an hour to an hour and a half after the distribution begins in order to register.
“We want a comfortable situation for people who come in and who might be embarrassed or not know how to do it,” she said. “We want to give them some anonymity so they don’t have to queue. “
People with a physical disability should let the volunteers know so that the menu and groceries can be delivered directly to their car.
The shops are open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Food donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday.
The Fremont Pantry celebrated its 10th anniversary serving Fremont County in 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, they have held drive-through distributions, serving more than 500 families at a time.
Last year they served 7,338 families or 17,597 people.
“There are no qualifiers,” said Rust. “If you are in need, you come. “
The Fremont Pantry regularly receives food from Starbucks, Loaf & Jug, City Market, Dollar Tree, and other local businesses as they have items available.
“All of these places give and support this community pantry – it’s our community pantry,” Rust said. “That’s what’s great about this community – the sharing. “
The organization is also partnering with other local food banks, churches, and Loaves & Fishes to provide holiday meals to people and families in need over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Committed volunteers are always needed.
For more information, call 719-458-9252 or visit The Pantry of Fremont on Facebook.