Outside the Gates Food Pantry is a vital community service which assists individuals at risk of hunger and poverty due to economic and/or social distress in our service areas of Lake Helen and Cassadaga. This service to others - provided in the name of Christ - has become one of the most important ministries of the church and community.

Now Twice a Month !

Groceries are distributed on the first and third Monday of each month.

Times of distribution are as follows:

Monday morning - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday evening - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

It takes much support to keep the food pantry going year after year. If you would like to help, monetary or nonperishable food donations are welcome. Thank you.

Some types of foods needed are:

  • Meat & Protein Items: Peanut butter; Canned meats (ham, chicken, tuna, Spam, salmon); Canned stews and chili; Bean soups; Canned or dried beans

  • Canned Vegetables (any kind)

  • Canned Fruit (any kind)

  • Grains/Cereal: Assorted breakfast cereal; Oatmeal; Grits; Pasta; Rice; Crackers; Flour; Cake mix; Cornbread mix, Pancake mix, Granola bars, etc.

  • One-Dish Boxed Meals: Mac & Cheese; Tuna Helper; Hamburger Helper; Rice-A-Roni; Scalloped potatoes; Mashed potatoes; Stuffing mix

  • Heat & Eat: Soup (any kind); Ravioli; Spaghetti & Meatballs; SpaghettiOs; Corned beef hash; Pork & beans; Baked beans

  • Oils & Condiments: Cooking oil; Sugar; Salt; Pepper; Other assorted spices; Mayonnaise; Ketchup; Mustard

  • Other: Jelly; Jam; Syrup; Jell-O; Pudding mix; Canned evaporated milk; Non-fat dry milk; Instant coffee; Tea; Hot chocolate

  • Non-Food Items: Toilet paper; Soap; Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Combs; Shampoo; Dish detergent; Laundry detergent

For additional information, please contact

Tom & Jeanna Clark, Food Pantry Coordinators, at