Coos Food Cupboard
Emmanuel is proud to house the Coos Food Cupboard, a combined effort of 13 religious organizations in Coos County. The Food Cupboard relies on donations and volunteers to serve thousands of less fortunate neighbors annually.
2019 was a great year for the Coos Food Cupboard. The Cupboard provided food to feed almost 10 percent more people than during the prior year. In total we provided 5,997 households and 17,270 individuals with food assistance.
The Cupboard operated as a “shopping experience” food bank throughout 2019, allowing clients to select their own food from the “store” shelves. Client feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Though the food cupboard staff was originally concerned that this new operating style would require longer operating hours to accommodate all of the clientele, it turned out that the Cupboard could serve more people in the same time as when staff prepared food boxes were distributed. And, it turned out that the new operation required fewer volunteers and less food. Volunteers in the “store” served as shopping assistants, guiding clients through their food options and assisting in their selections.
The Cupboard also began serving samples of food that can be prepared using foodstuffs available at the Cupboard to motivate the clients to use the available food resources more creatively. Church members and other volunteers prepare the food and print copies of the recipes used. Samples and recipes are shared with clients as they wait their turn to “shop”.
For 2020, the Coos Food Cupboard is piloting a new program to extend their hours to include Thursday evening. A recent study conducted by the Waterfall Clinic Outreach and the Rural Health Campus identified a need to provide evening access to a food bank for people who have other obligations during the day.
Thank you for your support of the Coos Food Cupboard.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Esta institucion es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.
The Food Cupboard Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM