As we continue to take every possible precaution against COVID-19, The Storehouse of Collin County has modified our Seven Loaves Food Pantry Service to an outside, walk up distribution model through September 30. We will continue serving our neighbors with staff and volunteer team leaders only through the month of September.
On this page, you will find helpful information on:
- Our COVID 19 Response In The News
- Major Considerations for Modified Operations
- How to Receive Assistance
- Our Service Calendar
- In Kind Donations: Our Current Needs
- Volunteer Information & Updates
- Videos from our "Behind-the-Scenes" Series
*Last Updated at 11:57 AM on Friday, August 28, 2020.
In The News: Our COVID-19 Response
News & Press Releases
Local Profile Article About Our COVID-19 Response
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now: Thank You
The Storehouse participated in #NorthTexasGivingTuesdayNow 2020 on May 5 to raise funds for our response to COVID-19 and beyond. Thanks to all the generous donors in North Texas, we raised $146,920 towards our mission to "feed, clothe, and care!"
Read our North Texas Giving Tuesday Now Press Release Here
Major Considerations for Modified Operations
CDC Recommendation: The Storehouse is following the CDC's counsel to slow the transmission of coronavirus. To learn more about the CDC's counsel click here.
Neighbor & Volunteer Safety: The safety of our neighbors and dedicated volunteer base is of utmost importance and considering the evolving information during this period, we are intentionally choosing to take the safest, most prudent approach to protect our volunteers.
Building Closure: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, which houses The Storehouse operations, has closed the church building to the general public during weekdays through September 30.
Questions About COVID-19?
If you have any questions about COVID-19, visit the CDC website for more information and frequently asked questions. For more information about developments locally and within the state of Texas, check out the COVID-19 Page on the Texas Department of State Health Services' website.
Do You Need Assistance?
Our Seven Loaves Food Pantry will distribute pre-packaged food bags outside. Neighbors are welcome to visit once a week.
Hours: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. & Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.
In order to receive food, please:
• Complete an intake form in your car before getting in line.
• Wear a mask. Masks are required to receive service.
• Maintain social distancing and remain at a safe-distance of 6 feet from other neighbors who are not a part of your household.
After five months of being closed, we have now re-opened Joseph's Coat to distribute children's clothing items only. Our goal is to help families with children who are preparing to return to school in the fall.
Joseph's Coat distribution dates will be by appointment only. Neighbors who visit our food pantry will receive a resource flyer providing more information on how to schedule an appointment for children's clothing.
Our Director of Project Hope, Jackie Welchman, or a Project Hope team member will be present during all food distributions. If you need additional assistance beyond food and clothing, please let our volunteers know that you would like to speak with a Project Hope team member.
Each week, we will also be providing additional resources in our community here in Collin County with a resource sheet. If you have any questions about the resources on the document, please ask!
Our Service Calendar
Seven Loaves Food Pantry Weekly Hours
Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Joseph's Coat Clothing Closet:
By Appointment Only.
The Storehouse will be closed on the following dates:
Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 28: Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 24: Christmas
Saturday, December 26: Christmas
Thursday, December 31: New Year's Eve
Please help us spread the word on our food distribution to anyone you know who might be in need during this crisis. Follow us on social media for the latest updates:
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In Kind Donations: Food & Children's Clothing
We are currently only accepting food & children's clothing donations only. Our building is still closed to the general public through September 30.
Food Donations: If you have food items that you wish to donate, please send us an email to schedule a drop off when our staff is on site.
Clothing Donations: You are welcome to drop off the children's clothing items in our outside bin. We ask that you help us by sorting the clothing items by age and size.
Volunteer Information: August 28 Update
Our focus is to continue our reopening process in a safe, methodical and intentional manner. Here are our next steps between now and September 30th:
Food Pantry: Our Seven Loaves food pantry will remain in an outside, walkup distribution model managed by Storehouse staff and Team Leader volunteers through the month of September.
September Volunteer Schedule: For the month of the September, we will remain in our Team Leader volunteer model. However, we plan to open volunteer opportunities to all volunteers the week of October 4, assuming it is safe to do so. As with all aspects, this plan is subject to change based on COVID-19.
October & Volunteer Hub: We will monitor the impacts of Covid-19 carefully next month and assuming it is safe to open our schedule to all volunteers, we will send a communication to you on Wednesday, September 30th as to how to sign up to volunteer. Please know that we have transitioned to new volunteer scheduling software and we will share how to register yourself in this new system in subsequent emails.
Joseph's Coat: In addition to Seven Loaves, we will be opening Joseph’s Coat to our neighbors in a new, socially distanced and safe serving model. This will open volunteer opportunities for us as an organization. We will message more about those volunteer opportunities in our September 30th email update.
Project Hope: Our work in Project Hope has continued throughout the Covid crisis, with our Director Jackie Welchman serving 59 women in the months of June and July alone. Jackie will be launching new, virtual options for our neighbors in the fall, and we will communicate opportunities for volunteering as soon as they become available.
Mandatory Waiver: As we move forward, all volunteers will be asked to sign a new volunteer waiver when they return to volunteer at The Storehouse. This waiver is a requirement to volunteer. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.
Health & Safety: We ask all volunteers to assess their health risk and make their decision to volunteer based on their personal circumstances. All volunteers will be asked to follow new safety protocols which include washing hands before entering the pantry space, wearing masks and wearing gloves. Sanitization will continue to be of paramount focus. We ask that if you feel ill in any way or have had a temperature within 72 hours of your volunteer shift, you stay at home.
All our latest updates as we continue to move forward will be posted to this page so check back often. We hope to send the next formal update to you on Wednesday, September 30th.
Behind-The-Scenes with Jeff Morton, Director of Operations
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 2, 2020, at 1:30 P.M.
Ben and Jeff discuss the changes to our food pantry distribution as a result of COVID-19 and answers questions from our viewers.
Behind-The-Scenes with Jeff Morton, Episode 2: Our Continued Response
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 16, 2020, at 1:30 P.M.
Ben and Jeff discuss The Storehouse's continued response to the COVID-19 and how you can help by supporting us on North Texas Giving Tuesday Now.
Beyond COVID: The Echo Crisis Ahead
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 30, at 12:00 P.M.
Join Candace & Ben as we discuss the emerging echo crisis that will impact our neighbors and how The Storehouse intends to care for our community beyond COVID-19.