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Americans for Native Americans & volunteers pack pounds of pantry food in Gallup, NM

This fall nine volunteers from the Doylestown area plus one from Texas, traveled to Gallup, New Mexico to help the Community Food Pantry fulfill its mission to ensure “that no mother’s child goes hungry” in one of the most food insecure areas of the United States.

During this trip, the eleventh to Gallup organized by Doylestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) in cooperation with Americans for Native Americans (ANA), the group volunteered 242 hours at the pantry repacking bulk food for individual distribution, preparing “Food for Kids” bags for elementary school children to take home on weekends when they otherwise would not have anything to eat, and assembling 432 commodity boxes to distribute to clients when they visit the pantry.

This was only part of what was accomplished.

The Community Pantry serves over 4,200 families each month, providing basic commodities and produce to Gallup residents, many of whom live in poverty on Native American reservations.

Recently a “mobile pantry” was started.

Once a week, the staff delivers commodity boxes to people who do not have transportation to come to the Pantry since the area it serves is so expansive.

They also provide food to those in need in Gallup by supplying food to over 30 agencies that service families in the area.

With only vie full-time and three part-time staff at the Pantry, help from groups like DPC and ANA is vital to its mission.

When volunteers from Doylestown arrive, they are greeted with enthusiasm and they are eager to get to work.

Participants also spend part of the week learning about the cultures of the Navajo, Zuni, and Acoma people of the area.

For more about the trips or ANA’s programs visit www.AmericansforNativeAmericans.org or contact americansfornativeamericans@gmail.com or 215-348-9293.

PHOTO CAP: Janet Grove, Barbara Sperry, Luray Gross, Brian Reiff, and Peter Sperry displaying some of the items included in the commodity boxes. Photo by Mary Lee Reiff.