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 the rest of 2020.
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 2:45 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 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, remains partially closed to the general public through the end of 2020. Only church groups who have received prior approval are allowed into the church building throughout the week.
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, 3:30 - 6:00 P.M. & Saturdays, 8:30 - 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: 3:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 8:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Joseph's Coat Clothing Closet:
By Appointment Only.
The Storehouse will be closed on the following dates:
Thursday, December 24: Christmas
Saturday, December 26: Christmas
Thursday, December 31: New Year's Eve
Saturday, January 2, 2021: Offices Closed
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 the following food donation items for the holiday season:
- Mac & Cheese, 7 oz. box
- Pasta, 16 oz. box
- Peanut Butter, 16 - 18 oz. jars
We are only accepting children's clothing in our Joseph's Coat bin at this time. Please help us by sorting all donated children's clothes by gender and size.
Our building is still closed to the general public through December 2020. 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.
Volunteer Information: September 30 Update
Our focus is to continue our reopening process in a safe, methodical and intentional manner. We are pleased to announce that as we move into October, we are ready to open our volunteer opportunities to all volunteers:
Volunteer Hub: All volunteers are required to register via our new volunteer software, VolunteerHub, which will give you a view of our volunteer calendar.
Mandatory Waiver: All volunteers will be required to sign a new volunteer waiver before volunteering at The Storehouse. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.
Food Pantry: Our Seven Loaves food pantry will remain in an outside, walkup distribution model through the end of 2020. All volunteers will receive an email on October 1 with instructions on how to register via VolunteerHub and how to sign up for volunteer positions. If you did not receive this email, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, Ms. Jacque Devonport. Email Jacque.
Joseph's Coat: Joseph’s Coat will continue to provide clothing items to our neighbors by appointment only utilizing a new, socially distanced, and safe serving model.
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.
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.
Innovation in Service: We have used these last six months to innovate and strengthen how we distribute food and clothing to our neighbors. When you return, the distribution models of serving food and giving clothing will be different than what you have seen in the past while maintaining necessary safety measures and protocols. Please be ready to learn our new process which we have been using these last several months to serve our neighbors well.
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.