CLARKSBORO — After hosting Contactless Food Drives to support food insecure neighbors in Gloucester County over the last two years, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro is excited to announce that they will be opening their own Food Pantry in early 2023.

The new entity will be known as St. Peter’s Community Pantry. While it will be sponsored and supported by St. Peter’s, it will not be religion based.

The Pantry will be open to anyone without discrimination toward gender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, gender identification or sexual preferences or immigrant status.

The Pantry is a result of many long hours of prayer, discussion, and decision making. The church is grateful for the support of Episcopal Community Services of NJ, through the Episcopal Diocese of NJ in Trenton for their support in granting the church $15,000 to begin the project. That grant money will be used to rehabilitate and recondition a large garage on our church property into a complete Food Pantry.

While other local pantry’s focus primarily on shelf staple food items, St. Peter’s Community Pantry hopes to bring our clients fresh produce, dairy products, and proteins which will enable them to provide nutritional meals for themselves and their families.

This is a community project, and they want to give community members every opportunity to get involved in this very important effort. If you or your employer, are interested in supporting the Pantry with a financial donation or volunteer service, they want to hear from you.

Please contact Mother Mantelle Bradley at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, or speak with her at 856-423-4116. She will be happy to give you more information as to how you can become a part of this effort to assist your neighbors in Gloucester County experiencing food insecurity.

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