Potter’s Wheel meeting community needs with food pantry; needs volunteers

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Potter’s Wheel Ministries Food Pantry is continuing to be up and running for those in need.

Potter’s Wheel Ministries Food Pantry is providing and accepting household items, all sorts of food, beverages and basic pantry needs. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

With the Referral Process;
• Anyone who is still using referrals forms are asked to continue the normal process
• In house vouchers will be completed for anyone who does not have one
• If you are an agency or church that has restricted access to your facility or interaction, please send the guests to the Distribution Center normal Food Pantry hours which is Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:00pm to 3:00pm located at 118 East Overland in Scottsbluff
• The 30 Day Limit Rule still applies.

With the Distribution Process;
• Guests will not be allowed inside the Distribution Center. A box will be packaged for them and brought outside.
• They will be practicing the six foot rule for social distancing during this time.
• Delivery options are being discussed and will be announced soon.

When it comes to food needs;
• Shelf-stable proteins; peanut butter, nut butters, canned tuna, canned salmon, canned beans, dried beans, lentils, pulses, nuts, trail mix, tahini, self-stable tofu
• Condiments/spreads for proteins; mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, soya sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, jelly
• Sauces to complete a meal; brown gray, alfredo sauce, spaghetti sauce
• Whole grain basic carbohydrates; brown rice, wheat flour, quinoa, whole wheat couscous, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, healthy breakfast cereals
• Meals-in-a-can or box; soup, chili, mac ‘n’ cheese, noodle bowls, beans, ravioli, etc.
• Kid’s lunch foods; juice boxes, fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding, applesauce
• Hot beverages; coffee, tea
• Pantry staples; tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, jam, dried fruit, crackers, tortillas
• Basic pantry items; cooking oil, salt & pepper, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, flour, yeast, herbs & spices including oregano, basil, cumin, pepper, rosemary, thyme and cinnamon
• Shelf-stable milk and alternatives; milk, soy, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk, powdered milk, eggs
• Holidays; stove-top stuffing, spice mixes, cranberry sauce, pancake mix, syrup and scalloped potatoes
• Household items; toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, baby wipes, formula

When it comes to volunteer needs;
• Accepts a wide range to pack boxes, deliver boxes, access to a vehicle preferred, lift a box of food and be over the age of 15

This food pantry will be in a higher need than ever before.

“We anticipate there is going to be a need throughout the coming weeks and even months,” said Heather Silva-Venturino, Supervisor. “We want to be able to make sure that we are capable of meeting that need. There is going to be a lot of elderly shut-in and a lot of families that just don’t have the capability of all the resources that others have.”

Silva-Venturino also states that through time, we will all get through this.

“God is with us in this time,” said Silva-Venturino. “He is guiding the steps of Potter’s Wheel in helping us to be able to help you. God is working in each and every one of us through these times. As anxious as you might get, as concerned as you might get, remember that God is in charge and he is going to carry us through this.”

The Potter’s Wheel Store is still open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and closed on Sundays.