The Caring Place now accepts food and other pantry donations from the public. Non-perishable food, diapers and hygiene products are accepted during item donation hours in the 2000 Railroad Avenue drive-through Monday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Food Pantry can also receive these items during their operating hours in a reserved parking space specifically marked for taking Pantry donations.
In February, The Caring Place determined that it had the capacity to accept Pantry donations again after a long hiatus from the food collection strategy during COVID-19 reorganizing. Food Programs Director David Earl shared, “During the height of the pandemic, limiting the handling of products allowed us to efficiently and safely process and stock food with reduced volunteer help. Now that volunteer assistance has increased again, The Caring Place looks forward to bringing back the variety garnered from taking community donations. Another benefit of taking Pantry donations is the community involvement and spirit of giving we gain from Food Drives.”
The Caring Place plansto continue with efficiencies they’ve learned over the past couple of years by asking the public to think about Food Drives in a new way. Churches, schools and other organizations that wish to hold food drives are encouraged to email the Food Pantry. A team member will coordinate the drop-off and pick-up of The Caring Place’s blue barrels and will provide digital posters for printing. Each organization will be assigned an item for their group to collect. For example, Organization A might be asked to collect canned proteins, Organization B might be asked to collect hygiene items and Organization C might be asked to collect cereal. The digital poster provided will name the collection item and can be posted near the blue barrel. Earl shares, “This suggested method of collecting donations for a community drive will allow The Caring Place’s staff and volunteers to unload and sort items more quickly. It also means we can ask for the items we need most. We often buy food for a deeply discounted rate at the Central Texas Food Bank. This is one of the reasons monetary gifts are appreciated, but occasionally some items are unavailable. If we can ask our community for cereal or peanut butter when the Central Texas Food Bank is out, it helps us keep our local Pantry full for the families that visit here.”
Organizations or individuals can bring Pantry donations to a designated reserved parking spot at 2000 Railroad during Food Pantry hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Food Pantry staff will record the weight of the donations and track the info for repeat donors. Individuals can also bring Pantry items anonymously to our Donations drive-through during Donation hours, Monday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
If you want to host a Food Drive or learn other ways to get involved, visit caringplacetx.org/getinvolved and select “Give.” Learn more about Food Programs at The Caring Place at caringplacetx.org/getfood.
ABOUT THE CARING PLACE
Since 1985, The Caring Place has provided for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. The Caring Place is a community-based, community-supported, and community-serving organization in Georgetown, Texas. The Caring Place service area includes Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, and the portion of Hutto within GISD. Learn more at caringplacetx.org.