How it works


“The Neighborhood Pantry” is an outreach ministry of the Church of Genesis, that exists “to love our neighbor’ by providing short-term assistance to those in need.” Currently, families are able to use credits for food items to get them “over the hump” that may no be adequately met by food stamps or other assistance.

Our core value is DIGNITY, based on the following principles:

D Develop personal responsibility for our situation
I Independently shop from the shelves at the food pantry
G Give to others from what we have received
N Never give up on our situation
I Involve ourselves in the solution
T Think about others first and not dwelling on our own problems
Y Yield to God’s leading in our daily lives

Individuals or families will receive credits to use in “The Neighborhood Pantry” per month according to family size. Because we do not believe that people should become dependent on “The Neighborhood Pantry” and want to see their dignity and self-esteem increase, we operate on the following four-month system.

After the first month, the number of credits will decrease by 25% each month. However, additional credits may be earned by helping out at the pantry, attending classes that will be offered, or regular attendance at the church of their choice.

Those who attend the church of their choice three Saturdays or Sundays out of a calendar month will be given 30 additional credits for that month. In order for these credits to be issued, the Pastor or Priest of that church must verify on church letterhead that the person has attended church at least three Saturdays or Sundays that month. An additional letter is required for EVERY MONTH in order for credits to be issued.

Initial Credit System

  • 1-2 Family Members
    • 50 credits first month
    • 35 credits second month
    • 25 credits third month
    • 15 credits fourth month
  • 3-4 Family Members
    • 80 credits first month
    • 60 credits second month
    • 40 credits third month
    • 20 credits fourth month
  • 5+ Family Members
    • 110 credits first month
    • 80 credits second month
    • 55 credits third month
    • 25 credits fourth month