Red Door Food Pantry

The Red Door Food Pantry is Church of the Ascension’s best-known outreach. Sharing Christ’s love by sharing food has always been an active ministry at the parish. We also partner with other community organizations to provide food to those in need: Friendship Table at First Presbyterian Church, Bless Coalition (Hope for Christmas and Supplies for Success), and Advocates for Children to name a few.

Since 2013 it has been part of the Atlanta Community Food Bank serving about 150 families each week at the main site and serving additional families at a mobile site. Since 2021 it has been its own 501c3 nonprofit.

Patrons receive food every two (2) weeks on either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

Red Door Food Pantry Hours of Operation:
Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am -11:00 am

Thanksgiving Week:
Tuesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday – CLOSED

Christmas Week 2023:
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mobile Food Pantry – Allatoona Resource Center, 6503 Glade Road, Acworth 30102
Third Saturday of every month- LAST Distribution December 16th, 2023
10:00 – Noon while supplies last;

Background: Along with the BLESS Coalition we have served at the Allatoona Resource Center for about the last 8 years. There is a food pantry at the ARC but it is by appointment only.

Required Client Information:
For the head of the household, we will need a driver’s license, or utility bill or lease agreement to verify your address. For each person in the household, we will need full names and birthdates. Also each family must attest that they meet the income requirements that change every year on October 1st. If there are children under 18 in the house, please bring proof of Medicaid, free and/or reduced lunch, PeachCare, WIC etc. so we can qualify you for supplements, if available.

Please follow the link below, scroll down and select English TEFAP Household Eligibility Form or Spanish TEFAP Household Eligibility Form to view the current income requirements.

Food is distributed by household, and not to each person in the home.

We welcome everyone who wishes to assist with our efforts – church membership is not a requirement for volunteering. Volunteers can help in several ways.

Regular Food Pantry Hours:

: Tuesday 4:30-7:00 pm and Wednesday 8:40 -11:00 am.

: Pack and lift bags weighing 15-20 pounds, break down cardboard, and possibly carry food to cars as needed. We use Sign Up Genius so volunteers can choose their own schedule. Please contact the church office at 770-382-2626 with your name, cell number, and email, so we can enroll you in Sign-Up Genius.

Truck Unload

: Third (3rd) Thursday of every month at 11:00 am at the Red Door Food Pantry

: Be able to lift 20-25 pounds. We usually form a human chain to unload the food. Just show up to help.

Volunteer Training:
According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) requirements, all volunteers must be trained. Follow the link below to access training PowerPoints at the bottom of the page. When you sign up for a shift on Sign-Up Genius, you will attest to being trained. Breathe easy, you are not responsible for submitting reports. However, it is important for volunteers to understand the reasons for our procedures.

TEFAP Civil Rights Training PowerPoint
TEFAP Training PowerPoint
GNAP Training PowerPoint

Monetary Donations
Through our purchasing power with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, we can buy food for about $.16 a pound. Please follow the secure link below to donate to the Red Door Food Pantry 501c3. Your gift will support our mission to help our neighbors in need.

Household Items:
Laundry detergent toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels, dishwasher detergent, bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, cream rinse, and unopened hotel personal hygiene samples are welcome.

Food Items:
In-date and unopened cans are accepted. No boxes or bottles.

Deliveries are accepted during the Tuesday and Wednesday food pantry hours. Alternatively, you may call the church office and arrange for you to unload the donation Monday to Thursday 10:30 to 3:30.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser
This is the only fundraiser for the Red Door Food Pantry, and it is held at the beginning of February at the Clarence Brown Center. Dinner, dancing, drinks accompany live auctions, wine pull, and the crowning of the queen and king. More information to follow.