Holidays for the Pantry

Thanksgiving at the Pantry is a special time. The families really look forward to the Thanksgiving bags and the congregation is always amazingly generous in filling them. Shopping lists are available at church and the church office. We ask that you put items in a sturdy re-usable bag and attach the list to the outside of the bag. Bags need to be brought back to church by Sunday, November 11th which gives us a few days to sort and organize before we hand them out on Friday, November 16th. We expect 160 -170 families to come on that day.

Our friends at the LDS Church are again planning to do the bags at Christmas, so we can put all our energy into making up special Thanksgiving bags. It’s a special time for us to count our blessings and to share with others.

We had our Pantry Team luncheon on October 10th and 41 panty helpers came. It’s was wonderful to see all the different food pantry volunteer groups get together. While the Friday workers know there are shoppers bringing in staples during the week, and our shoppers know there are Albertson’s bread and Fresh Rescue pick-up teams, it always surprises everyone to see how many people are involved in this ministry! It truly “takes a village.”

Happy Thanksgiving, The Pantry Team

Murrieta Coming Together at the Food Pantry

Murrieta is participating in the Homeless Alliance

This was an interesting month at the Pantry with lots of nice things happening. The Young Mothers Groups at the LDS Church filled Mothers’ Day gift baskets and handed them out to the pantry visitors the Friday before Mothers’ Day. We were also visited on Friday morning by Brian Ambrose, the Assistant to the Murrieta City Manager. Murrieta is participating in the Homeless Alliance, a coalition of six communities in Southwest Riverside County to help solve the homeless problem. Local food pantries serve a number of homeless families and many that are precariously close to homelessness. Mr. Ambrose wants to set up resource workshop tables where volunteers distribute information about the agencies in our area that could be a benefit to the people in those situations. While he just is in the early planning stages it is definitely something our team is excited to see happen.

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During summer break: trail mix, granola bars, fruit snacks and peanut butter and jelly are a treat for kids.

We thank you for all the Spam and canned chicken you’ve donated. Here is just one note from one who benefitted from your generosity. As summer vacation for the schools comes up, trail mix, granola bars, fruit snacks and peanut butter and jelly are the treats that children home from school most look forward to. The grocery basket for donations is located at the Welcome Center on Sundays. As always, thank you everyone for continuing to support the pantry. For more info check out our page.

Notes From the Food Pantry

We raised approximately $15,000.00 for the Food Pantry Ministry with your help!

The Food Pantry team thanks everyone who supported the Pantry Dinner and Golf Tournament. We raised approximately $15,000.00 for the Food Pantry Ministry with your help! Thank you to all the volunteers and the Golf Committee who worked very hard to make it a success. We can’t thank them enough for all the hours they put in to make sure everything went smoothly. We also want to thank all those who went the extra mile and bought tee sponsorships to show their support. You can always see more information at

The community’s continual support for our pantry is awesome.

Already this year, the library collected “Food for Fines” throughout the whole month of February. The Realtors’ Association collected food from their neighbors and shared it among the community pantries. On March 10 – 11th, the Tour de Murrieta Bike races returned to Old Town. It again featured a children’s race on Saturday and the kids were encouraged to bring canned items for the pantry instead of paying a registration fee. Even though it was a rainy day, lots of kids showed up and put cans in our market basket. A huge thank you to all who helped us out.

The absolute two favorite items from the choice table are Spam and Canned Chicken breast.

Several people have asked why we haven’t been listing items we’d like to have donated each month. It seemed like the idea got old and we didn’t really see much of the items come in, but we’re willing to give it another try. The absolute two favorite items from the choice table are Spam and Canned Chicken breast. Both of these items are too expensive for the pantry budget so they only appear on the table when someone donates them.

The Pantry Team