Our Vision

Meeting the Community’s Needs

The Clemmons Food Pantry has experienced tremendous growth in both the number of clients we serve and the amount of food donated to meet their needs.The new facility will position us to meet demand for the foreseeable future, distribute food more efficiently, and provide an excellent environment for both our volunteers and clients.

Addressing the Root Causes of Hunger

As we grow and move forward, we want to be part of the larger conversation about food insecurity in our community.  To accommodate this vision, we will provide a room dedicated to training and workshops that will allow us call upon community resources to provide educational opportunities to  help our clients address the root causes of hunger.

Key Features of the new facility

A receiving dock

will allow our volunteers to easily unload food donations

A large client shopping area

will double our current shopping area allowing us to serve clients quickly and efficiently

A large warehouse area

over 1500 square feet of capacity for storing food donations will triple our current capacity

A floor scale

allowing quick weighing of food donations and food supplied to clients

A large parking area

Allowing ample parking for both clients and volunteers

A community training room

Allowing us to partner with community organizations to address some of the root causes of hunger

A walk-in freezer

giving us more capacity, easier access and a more cost efficient way to store our frozen foods

A designated client advocate area

allowing our client advocate to speak privately with our clients.

The current problems

  • Space: We currently provide our clients with a week’s worth of supplemental groceries every 30 days, and our client census has doubled since we first opened our doors. Luckily, we have experienced increased community donations to help with the increased need, but that has created a warehouse issue. Since 2014, our community donations have increased by 12,000 pounds per month. This growth has significantly strained our facility. Because our shopping and warehouse space is so limited, we struggle to store all the food we receive at our facility in an environment that is efficient for our volunteers and clients.
  • Privacy: We have outgrown our waiting, shopping and warehousing spaces, and the interview process takes place in a loud waiting area with no privacy. Our goal is to always treat clients with dignity and respect. Many are coming to us in a time of crisis and being able to work with them in a non-tumultuous environment is important.
  • Parking: Our lot is not big enough to handle our clients and volunteers during distribution days, and they are often forced to park on the street or wherever they can find room. This limits our capacity to serve our clients and volunteers properly.