The pantry consists of essential hygienic and household items that cannot be purchased through SNAP benefits or obtained through other community agencies. All of our items are free, and there are no guidelines as to who can utilize the pantry. We operate on a “no questions asked” policy. Basically, if someone comes in saying they need assistance, we will give them what we have. They just come in and say they are here for the pantry, and they can fill out the sheet to request items.
The pantry is donation based, so we give what we have available. There is also no limit to the times an individual can utilize the pantry, but I advise once a month to ensure I can get all the donations processed. General idea of items consist of oral hygiene products like toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, some infant lotions and shampoo, household cleaners, laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, shaving products, and we temporarily have some formula (mainly for high need families). We cannot accept medications or pharmacy items, food, or clothing.
If someone wants to donate, they can bring them to WCHR at 300 Shelton St. Currently our higher need items are household cleaners, laundry soap, and shampoo and conditioner.