On October 13, 2015 the Cherry Hill Food Pantry moved from a small 900 square foot house on Chapel Avenue to a 4,100 square foot storefront located at 1463 Brace Road. The food pantry currently serves 850 families and provided over 400,000 pounds of food to clients during 2014.
On January 11th, 2016 we had our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
A large group of volunteers and benefactors made the move possible. The move took place over the course of a month and required extensive planning and considerable expense to upgrade the commercial space and to purchase shelving , new equipment and various other necessary items.
At the new location, clients now shop and select what they want from 30 different categories of food items. The grocery store style shopping experience replaces the old system of grocery items prepackaged for the clients by volunteers. Clients are now paired with volunteers who guide them on their way through the aisles and accompany them to their cars where they assist them in loading the groceries into their vehicles.
In addition to the move, a new computerized system was introduced on November 3 to process clients more efficiently.
The feedback from clients on the new system and location has been overwhelmingly positive. They are very impressed with the size and scope of the new setup and very happy to be able to make their own food choices.
The pantry is supported by an Ecumenical group of 11 congregations that have joined together to help combat hunger on a local level serving clients primarily in the Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton and Mt. Laurel areas.
A fund raiser was held recently that partially offset the cost of the move to the new location. The pantry continues to look for new sources of revenue to continue with the mission to feed the hungry.