The first date will be Nov. 20 starting at 10 a.m. at their Resource and Referral Center in Gibson. Bags of food will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and families receiving food must fill out an application.
The organization is planning to hand out food to 100 families, said resource developer Julia Woehrer.
“We have been planning to open our pantry for a few months now,” said Woehrer. “Now that we finally have the means and resources to do so, we are very excited.”
The next food pantry date will be Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Beginning in January, the organization will have the pantry open two times per month, typically the second and fourth Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m.
“There is a lot of need in this area and a lot of families going hungry,” said Woehrer. “We don’t want parents to have to make sacrifices like choosing medicine over food.”
In addition, the center also operates a Teen Closet on Saturdays where teens can come and receive new and gently used clothing and accessories free of charge.
“We currently do not have the space to operate a closet for all ages, so we decided to limit it to teens for now,” said Woehrer. “Eventually we may expand it to other age groups.”
Rockingham District Partners In Ministry is a non-profit organization that works to fight poverty in Richmond, Scotland, and Robeson counties. Donations of non-perishable food and gently used or new teen clothing items are welcome, as well as monetary donations that can be mailed to RDPIM, P.O. Box 422, Gibson, NC 28343. Volunteers are also needed to help pack food as well as distribute it. The center is located at 13280 Church Street, Gibson and they can be reached at 910-268-4688; their website is www.rdpim.org.