Please allow me to introduce myself and this organization.. My name is Lynne Saunders, founder of Papa’s Pantry, a multifaceted Christian Assistance program that ministers to the whole family in numerous ways. While you may have read about us recently in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, TowneLaker, Cherokee Tribune or Around Woodstock publications, I would like to take a moment to personally introduce you to Papa’s Pantry, its mission and services. Papa’s Pantry is more than just a food pantry…
It is a whole-istic program designed to work with families at their immediate point of need. Illness, job loss, or any number of hardships facing today’s families can trigger economic destabilization within a home. When forced with the option of paying bills or buying food, most families lose sight of the bigger picture of household economics in favor of providing for immediate needs. Papa’s Pantry’s goal is to partner with these families THROUGHOUT the crisis while they tend to the business at hand… stabilization.
As our name implies, one primary goal is to provide food when there are shortages in the home. 1 out of 5 households in Georgia experience “hunger”. Along with donated non-perishable food items that are given, nutritional components such as meat, milk, and produce are often purchased for our food assistance families. Getting back on their feet cannot happen on just processed (junk) food. Our bodies were designed by God, our Creator, to work efficiently on the foods he created for us, and provided in the Garden of Eden.
“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of the Living God.” (Deut 8:3, Mat 4:4 and Luke 4:4)
A lack of food in the household is certainly a problem, but it’s not the problem. We have found that it is a symptom of a deeper cause. Once the reality of “crisis” sets in, people are looking for help, want to learn, and to do “whatever it takes” to get back to “normal”. That’s where the Ministry/ Training Center comes in.
Regardless of faith, the biblical principles we teach are proven – Another goal of Papa’s Pantry is to provide information and encouragement that show families how to activate biblical truths in their own lives. Free training opportunities that are available to the community (not just to food recipients) include: one-on-one coaching, goal setting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategies, workforce preparation, nutrition, and bible studies. Tutoring is available after school to children at no charge.
For over 14 years, Papa’s Pantry has provided food assistance to thousands of families. As our ministry and services have grown, we’ve been better able to equip families with the tools necessary to become stable. To continue our work, Papa’s Pantry and our families need your help.
Project HOPE-Strategic Impact Partnerships, has been designed to be the next level of assistance – giving even more HOPE to our hard-working families! We found that many times, our clients still have to “shop” charitable resources to piece together other assistance’s they need, such as utilities, medical, car care, etc. This can create confusion and potential abuse of the various organizations. It is our hope to be become a “one-stop-shop” to maximize efficiencies. Families will be better able to move strategically from “survival” to “mission” mode.
Please take a few minutes to browse through the website to identify the efforts currently underway. You may want to donate your time, money or gifts to The Pantry, I encourage you to give us a call at 770.591.4730. We are also happy to give tours to your group, please call to schedule.
We look forward to serving the community and sharing Christ’s love together with you.
Founder, Papa’s Pantry, Inc.