Evangel Food Pantry
Evangel Assembly of God Church
8180 Greiner Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
(716)221-0218 This line checked Monday -Thursday typically.
(Not checked when we are closed)
We are an appointment pantry. Text to get an appointment.
Main office: (716)842-1300
Online appointments coming soon.
The Evangel Food Pantry is a "client choice" pantry.
This allows clients to go in and choose what they need based on the available supply. This is available during scheduled hours only.
CHANGES MAY HAPPEN DUE TO COVID UPS AND DOWNS
PLEASE BE PATIENT WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO ENSURE YOU HAVE FOOD TO EAT. COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY SO PLEASE USE OUR TEXTLINE WITH QUESTIONS,COMMENTS, THOUGHTS 716-221-0218
Call or text : 716-221-0218 (Monday -Thursday)
Volunteers ONLY, Contact Maureen for Details
(716) 221-0218 text addressed to Maureen
Drive thru 2nd and 4th Mondays 6:30am-10:30am
Appointments are MANDITORY so if you do not have an appt because you are new, please come between 6:30am and 9:30am on Tuesday ONLY
1st,3rd and 5th weeks: 6:30am-10:30am for Client Food Pickup (not client choice). BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
2nd and 4th weeks: 5:00am-11:30am for Client Food Pickup.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Client choice not available when no appointment or late for appointments due to the number of clients we see.
new client from 6:30am-9:30am
(Except November and December only the 2nd Tuesday)
Client Food box Pickup can be arranged BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, No walkins allowed. This is not a routine, these appointments are set for urgent requests(not client choice)
8am-10am -for Client Food box Pickup BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, No walkins allowed. This is not a routine, these appointments are set for urgent requests(not client choice)
Emergency Pickups Available
Stop into the Main Office of the Church (same address as above) to request an emergency box. This is not a routine either this is emergency only.
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Food and Clothing Donations may be dropped off at the church. Please make sure to let someone know what you are dropping off indicating that it is for the food pantry. Please include your name and address on a piece of paper when you drop off.
Monetary donations, please make checks payable to Evangel Food Pantry or The Morlock Foundation.
Current donations needed:
Glueten free items
Clothing for all ages
Thank you for your blessings to our pantry.
WHAT TO BRING:
1. Picture ID (Example: Drivers License
2. Proof of Address (Example: Electric Bill)
3. Proof of Income (Example: Pay Stub or Social Security Letter)
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I WANT TO SIGN UP?
Come on in with the items above. Come in the left door where it says enter and follow the rugs down to the office where they will sign you up.
CAN I GO TO MULTIPLE PANTRIES?
No that is considered double dipping. If you are caught "double dipping" you may be asked to leave all pantries that you have been attending.
We have a wonderful, dedicated and hard working volunteer staff and we thank you all so very much for your hard work. You are such a blessing to us and our clients.
Mission Statement: Providing hope to the hungry and helping to find sustainable ways to improve lives.
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FAQ's for Clients:
*How come I see people getting food before the pantry opens? Well there are a number of reasons for this. 1)We have volunteers that deliver to other clients and they pull the food for those orders and take them out to their cars for later delivery. 2)We serve over 150-170 families each large pantry so, if we are ready we will start early. It is important to know we do NOT always start early. We start at 5am. 3)If we have a lot of volunteers that have called off we will start early to ensure that we don't have clients waiting for long periods of time.
*Why do I seem to wait a long time sometimes and then the next time I get right in? We there are a few reasons for this: 1)We have a lot of clients show up early. 2)We only have run out of carts to work with, we can not go around to pull orders if clients are sitting in the lobby with their carts or have them outside... the faster the carts come back in is the faster we can serve our clients. 3)We have a lot of volunteer staff members call off. Please remember we are all volunteers trying to bless your life with food, we will try to serve you as quickly as possible.
*Bread that is donated is produced without the preservatives so you must use your bread within a day or two, or freeze it to prevent molding. Remember if it hot outside or in your house the bread will mold quicker. Take measures to make your bread last longer for your family.
*What do we need to remember? We are all volunteers and it is important that you remember we are doing this because we are hoping to help you. Please treat us with respect. Please respect the rules. 1)Come in and sign in right away, we can not serve you in order if you don't sign in when you come in. 2)We can not always take people ahead of others because of doctors, work or other reasons (call and change your appointment time); it is to hard with serving so many families to keep track of who needs to go to an appointment and not to give preferential treatment. 3)After signing in please do not stand in the room that we serve people it makes the volunteers feel like that are being micromanaged and rushed. Please have a seat in the foyer and enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack provided on the table out there. 4)You can NOT take the clothing and sell it, put it in a consignment shop. You should only take 3-4 items per person. 5)Make sure you bring your own bags. We will no longer be providing bags due to the cost and we feel it would be more beneficial to provide more needed products then bags. 6)We setup for the big pantry and it typically takes us 8-10 hours of setup and prep time before we even start serving clients. We start before 5am so please do arrive after the pantry is closed and expect us to serve you. We want to help as many people as we can and we provide appointments before hours to help people that work or have appointments. It is important to make and keep your appointment times with us. When you book an appointment and then do not come in, that slot is gone that someone else might have been able to use.
*Meat donations are picked up the morning of the food pantry and arrive at the food pantry completely frozen at 6:10am. We unload it and take it right into the kitchen and freezers. When the meat reaches the date on the packages BJ's immediately freezes it to ensure the freshness of the product. We ask you to do the same, take appropriate measures to ensure your meat, fish and extras get back in the freezer as quickly as possible. When taking it out to your car put it in a cooler or the bags used to keep frozen items cold.
*Refrigerator Products that come from the Foodbank of WNY is brought in a refrigerated truck and comes into the pantry and these things are the first thing put away into the freezers and refrigerators.
*What to do when something that we should improve upon? We want to ensure you that we are taking extra measures to ensure the product is the best we can provide it to you. However, you can make a complaint or ask questions by texting: 716-221-0190, calling 716-842-1300 or even calling the Foodbank of WNY at 716-842-1305.
*How do I volunteer? Email DMS@morlockfoundation.org or call 716-842-1300 for more information.
Supporters of our pantry include:
Clarence since 2015
499 W Klein Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221 since 2002
1593 Niagara Falls Boulevard since 2005
Faith United Church in Christ since 2007
-Nifty Fifty @ Faith United Church of Christ, since 2005
Clarence Youth Bureau
-Williamsville Central School 2nd Graders
-Cub Scout Troop
-Walmart in Clarence
-Evangel Assembly of God members