Food Bank

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” —Matthew 25:40 NIV

Bountiful Giving Sundays

Last Sunday of each month.

To help with the continuing food needs of our community, First Presbyterian Church has designated the last Sunday of each month as a BOUNTIFUL GIVING SUNDAY. The Delhi Food Pantry accepts non-perishable food donations.  Cash or check donations would be gratefully accepted for the purchase of fresh items.

Please make checks out to:

First Presbyterian Church

Checks may be mailed via regular mail to:

First Presbyterian Church
4 Clinton Street
Delhi NY 13753

You may also donate via PayPal below, selecting “Food Bank” from the drop-down menu.

Primary Needs of the Food Bank

Each family gets at least one (1) of each of the items below at each visit (once in 30 days). They get more for larger families.

Canned fruits, vegetables, soup, meat products, meals (Chili, Pork & Beans, Spaghettios), peanut butter, crackers, jelly, dry pasta – all kinds – and sauces, cereal, rice, dry or canned beans, juice, and fresh produce when available.

The following items are on the “EXTRA” shelves from which families can choose three (3) items each visit.

Any kind of mixes – including baking mix, pasta mix, rice mix, potato mix, pudding, and jello, condiments, flour, sugar, and seasonings.

Food Bank donations may be left in the box across from the office door or in the narthex. Cash donations are always welcome and may be placed in the offering plate (clearly marked) or left in the church office. Please make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi.

Ten Things Food Banks Need But Won’t Ask For

Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at the church.

  1. Spices – Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.
  2. Feminine Products – Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc.
  3. Chocolate – People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.
  4. Toiletries – Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.
  5. Canned Meats and Jerky – This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.
  6. Crackers and tortillas – They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.
  7. Baby Toiletries – Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
  8. Soup Packets – Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.
  9. Socks – From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
  10. Canned fruit other than pineapple – Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.
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