Clarksville Food Pantry

Volunteer Newsletter

February 2024

Distributing Supplemental Food For Adults, Children, & Especially Seniors, Who Lack An Adequate Supply

If You Are Reading This...Thank You!

Each Month We Will Share a 2023 Stat With You

The Growth of the Clarksville Food Pantry Continues to be

OFF the Charts!! AND You Make it Happen!

In 2023, we distributed 160,505 pounds to our neighbors in need.

That was a 19% increase over the 134,785 pounds we distributed in 2022!

Clarksville Food Pantry Annual Meeting for Board of Directors, Church, Community Volunteers

and Interested Citizens

Excited to Begin Another Year Serving Our Neighbors in Need

The Clarksville Food Pantry Annual Meeting was held January 21, 2024 at the Clarksville Community Center. We had a great turnout and it was exciting to resume face to face meetings.

Thanks were shared for Jessie Ruff, a founding board member who has served as President for the past three years and will continue her passion as Past President and as a board member; to Inez Ferrer-Arnett, who served as Vice President for the past four years and was the face of the pantry to all new volunteers serving during the COVID years; and to Lee Baldwin, our Produce Patriarch, who ensures we have the freshest produce for our clients at each opening.

We respect you and can't thank each of you enough

for your many years of service and look forward to continuing to

benefit from your expertise for years to come.

Volunteer Highlight

A Huge Shout Out and Thank You to

St. John Baptist Church & Mrs. Inez L. Arnett-Ferrer

For many of us Inez was the first voice of the Clarksville Food Pantry when we reached out to volunteer.

Her love for the volunteers and our neighbors in need is contagious!

As she moves on to other missions, Inez leaves us motivated with the following message:

I wish to thank the Food Pantry Board for giving me the opportunity to serve with them for the past 7 years, and for the opportunity to represent my church, St John Baptist Church. I enjoyed working with each and every volunteer. You all will stay in my heart forever. I wish the Food Pantry much success in all that they do, and best wishes for their continued progress for many years to come.



Upcoming Pantry Schedule

February 2024

February 3rd 

House of Prayer

February 7th & February 10th

Jamison Memorial Methodist Church

February 14th & February 17th

St. Catherine Catholic Church

February 21st & February 24th

Nelson Baptist Church

February 28th & March 2nd 

Averett Baptist Church

March 2024

March 2nd

Averett Baptist Church

March 6th & March 9th

Cherry Hill Baptist Church

March 13th & March 16th

Clarksville Lions Club

March 20th & March 23rd

St. Luke Baptist Church

March 27th & March 30th 

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

Pantry Updates



Quaker Issues Revised Recall Notice with Additional Products Due to Possible Health Risk

January 11, 2024 – The Quaker Oats Company today announced an expansion

of the December 15, 2023, recall to include additional cereals, bars and snacks listed below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The products listed in the below link are sold throughout the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. Consumers should check their pantries for any of the products listed below and dispose of them. Additionally, consumers with any product noted below can contact Quaker Consumer Relations (9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. CST, Mon.-Fri.) at 1-800-492-9322 or visit for additional

information or product reimbursement.

Please Review this Quaker Recall as these Items are often

Donated to the Pantry

2024 Clarksville Food Pantry

Board of Directors

Non-Food Item of the Month

Please add one box of Kleenex to each Number 1 Pantry Box. Limit one per family.

Myth or Fact

Chicken Soup Makes You Feel Better When Sick? FACT!

While it is not a cure for the common cold, it turns out that chicken soup is good for your soul and your cold symptoms! Here why…

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to illness and happens when white blood cells migrate to a location to help with healing. Studies show that after eating chicken soup these white blood cells behave differently creating an anti-inflammatory action, which reduces that stuffiness in the nose. Gesundheit! Believe it, taste can help with healing! The rich umami taste of chicken soup helps spur appetite that may be suppressed when you are sick. This in turn helps you eat enough to support your immune system’s response to infection.

Studies also suggest that umami triggers our brains to better absorb protein in the digestive tract which may help decrease those pesky GI symptoms that sometimes accompany a cold or flu.

Drinking plenty of fluids is always the advice of the medical community when you have a cold or flu, the water and sodium content of chicken soup helps keep you hydrated and the steam from the hot liquid will help further open that stuffy nose.

As with all things quality matters soups with lots of veggies and herbs are great options! Wishing you good health- spoons up!

Community Resources

Mecklenburg County Public Schools

Offers Breakfast, Lunch and After School Snacks

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are USDA-assisted meal programs for school-aged children. Through NSLP and SBP, many children impacted by food insecurity are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Some schools in Virginia are able to provide free meals to all students without proof of income through the Community Eligibility Provision. Schools that are unable to provide free meals for all require that families complete applications. Families should check with their school district to determine eligibility and application requirements.

Mecklenburg County Public School is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the school year 2023-2024.


What does this mean for children attending MCPS? All students enrolled in Mecklenburg County Public Schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge for the 2023-2024 school year.

Beginning January 30th, 2024, all elementary school children will be provided after school snacks at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:00 p.m. For further information, please contact: Robin Moore at (434) 738-6111.

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Clarksville Food Pantry

Clarksville Community Center

103 Woodland Drive

Clarksville, VA 23927

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