Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry needs volunteers, expands schedule

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry


The Board of Directors for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry in Wake Forest has announced that the Pantry will be open on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to receive much-needed donations for the holidays.

“We will be open that Saturday because we have heard loud and clear from the community that our operating hours of Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are too restrictive for many potential donors,” said Chairman of the Board Joe Vartanesian. “We are in desperate need of cereal, pancake mix and canned meats. As always, we need canned fruits, vegetables and all other non-perishables.”

Tri-Area Ministry Food PantryThe Pantry will also be open for clients on Saturday, December 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Board is taking this action to open one Saturday because the current operating hours do not service the working poor who cannot get to the facility during the week. Donations will be accepted on that day as well.

It is the Board’s hope that the Pantry will be able to be open one Saturday each month starting in January 2017. Adding extra days to the Pantry’s schedule, however, requires an increase in the need for volunteers. To volunteer or to learn more about volunteering, contact Jerry Bender at The  Pantry is strictly a volunteer-driven entity with no monetary compensation offered to anyone involved.

“We have heard from many locals working at low paying jobs that they are in need of our services but just can’t miss work,” said Ellen Kilberg, Marketing Director. “We helped over 2,000 individuals in love –  700 households last month. Imagine what we can do if we are able to reach these hard-working but underserved neighbors.”

The Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is located at 149 E Holding Avenue in Wake Forest.  For more information about the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, please go to

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry