Operating out of the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna, Feeding Families Ministry recently opened its doors to Pocono Update, allowing us to learn more about the pantry.
TOBYHANNA | On Thursday, Pocono Update had an opportunity to spend some time with the good people over at Feeding Families Ministry and learn more about what goes into keeping the pantry running.
President and founder of Feeding Families Ministry, Diane Tayburn, gave us a look at the operations of the pantry. Feeding Families offers outreach to Families every Thursday and Friday from 1 PM to 2 PM. Feeding 300 to 350 families per week, Dine estimates the pantry feeds roughly 5000 individuals per week. To accommodate this large crowd, the pantry consists of around 25 core volunteers, some of whom spend time on pick-ups while others unload deliveries and work to service the families who stop by the pantry. Recently, a grant that started as a donation from Larson window company to Feeding America, that was passed to Second Harvest, ended up in the hands of Feeding Families, which allowed the pantry was able to obtain an over $30,000 forklift that is said to condense 3 hours of work to 15 minutes. In addition, cascade forklifts also donated an electric pallet jack and a manual pallet jack, helping Feeding Families operate more efficiently. Watch Pocono Updates’ full interview with Diane HERE.
Donation and Enrollment Information
Donations can be made HERE.
For families looking to enroll, new family signups are Thursday & Friday, 1 PM to 3 PM. New enrollees are required to bring a PA photo ID with a picture and current address, and a utility bill or bill with the same home address as your ID. Without these forms of ID, you may not be enrolled.
About Feeding Families Ministry
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” Matthew 25:35
Feeding Families Ministry, Inc. was created in 2011 when President and founder, Diane Tayburn, heard the call of God and He showed her the need in her community. Feeding Families Ministry was born. The ministry has grown and now not only helps to feed the families of our communities, but also provides holiday outreach programs, warm clothing for winter, homeless outreach ministries, and reaches out to the children of the families. Feeding Families Ministry strives to alleviate hunger in Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties … without judgment or conditions.
Feeding Families Ministry’s mission statement is: Our God has called us to offer our lives in service to each other. One example of loving service to others is the care and feeding of the working poor and hungry. This is the ministry which we intend to provide without judgment or qualifications to those in need.
Contact Feeding Families Ministry
Phone Number: (570) 977-3702
Address: 354 Memorial Blvd, Tobyhanna PA 18466