With the help of our tireless volunteers, we serve approximately 500 families per month. Our mission to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children in Bertie County, North Carolina results in making sure each family receive fresh produce, fruits, juice and can goods during each visit to GSFP.
Committed and dedicated volunteers
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
The Good Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County, NC, Inc. (GSFP) developed as an interfaith, interracial organization that brought a variety of citizens together in the spring of 2008. Initially, the organizing committee contained members from the Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist faith communities, but grew to include other interested churches and supporters. A Board of Directors was formed, incorporation achieved and GSFP became a tax-exempt organization in 2009.
Outreach efforts began with a mobile food distribution program, August 28, 2008. Families were served once a month with food purchased from the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC. Generous donations from individuals, churches, and grants provided GSFP funds for purchased food. Local organizations, businesses and schools held food drives and collected canned goods that GSFP added to the food that was distributed. Nine mobile food distributions were sponsored between August 2008 and April 2009.
Through the generosity of the Bertie County Commissioners, in May 2009 GSFP opened a permanent site at 1008 N. King Street, Windsor, NC. The County rents the building to GSFP for $25 a year. Freezers were purchased, and the Windsor Food Lion began donations of perishable foods, meats, produce and bakery items twice a week. GSFP opened monthly on the second and third Saturday, distributing food once a month to Bertie County families in need.
In the fall of 2009 an increase in applicants made it necessary to explore new ways to raise money to support the food pantry. A former Windsor resident and the president of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation (OBRF) initiated the possibility of a 5K Charity Race and Fall Jamboree to help raise funds. Through the generous guidance of OBRF the 1st Annual Bertie Spooktacular 5K, 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk and Fall Jamboree was held October 30, 2010. The successful charity race and jamboree is the only fundraising event for GSFP. All profits from the Bertie Spooktacular are used to buy food for needy families in Bertie County.
The mission of The Good Shepherd Food Pantry is to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children in Bertie County, North Carolina. Families come from 9 towns in the county for food, currently serving an average of 500 families per month. Food Lion now donates perishable groceries four times a week. Food purchased from the Food Bank of the Albemarle and Windsor Food Lion are supported from grants, generous donations from churches, businesses and individuals in the community. GSFP is a volunteer effort with individuals from the community contributing an average 184 volunteer hours per month, with one paid employee. GSFP works with Social Services, the Senior Center and schools that identify families in crisis.
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