The Bread for Life Food Pantry always sees an increase in client numbers during the holidays.
In November, a total of 447 families received food from the pantry. Those families represent 1700 individuals, and 35 percent of those were children ages 18 and younger.
The pantry was organized in 2003 by the Greater Troy Ministerial Alliance.
Today, the pantry operates as an independent nonprofit organization, distributing food to clients every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., except on the last Wednesday of each month when hours are 4-6:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army uses the Bread for Life facility each Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon, assisting clients needing help with housing and utilities.
Clients can come to the Food Pantry once each month. In 2003, approximately 50 families per month received food. Today, the average is 433 families each month. For many clients, the pantry provides not only food, but also a sense of community.
Many clients live alone with no family in the area.
After a few visits, they begin to know the workers who they see every month, and it is not unusual for some clients to ask about volunteering – they become part of the pantry family.
Bread for Life obtains food and cash from many sources, including local individuals and groups, businesses, memorials, churches and schools. Food is purchased at minimal cost through the USDA St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Local Aldi’s, Walmart and Kroger stores also donate through the national Feeding America program.
All of the many sources assure that clients receive a generous amount of food at each monthly visit.
The Bread for Life Food Pantry is located at 820 Cap au Gris in Troy, and it can be reached by calling (636) 528-3646.