BLOOMSBURG – As grocery prices continue to rise, college students may find themselves stressing over the cost, but the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard allows for resources to be available.
In 1996, a local church congregation put together bags of groceries for families as a way to help the community after a flood damaged homes in the area of Bloomsburg. After realizing how many families needed assistance, they went to the Bloomsburg Ministerium where all of the local churches helped provide residents with food assistance. What started out as a mission of the church has now become its own nonprofit organization.
The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard has multiple distribution programs. For local residents in the service area, there are weekly distributions on Tuesday’s from 11:30am to 2:15pm, and Sunday’s from 9:15am to 10:15am. They also have programs such as Panther Packs and Summer Lunch where they provide food to children in the area when they aren’t in school. The Husky Pantry program is specifically for University Students, and the weekly distribution is Monday evenings from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
The Food Cupboard is located in the back of the old fire hall at 329 Center St. For more information you can visit their website at www.bloomsburgfoodcupboard.org.