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what to expect when you visit

Patchwork Pantry operates at Community Mennonite Church located at 70 S. High St in Harrisonburg. 


Patchwork Pantry distributes food to those in need in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday evenings. 

You can visit Patchwork Pantry two times per month. You can come whatever two times work best for your schedule. 


When you arrive at the church parking lot, you can park in any spot around the church. After you park, or once you arrive if you're walking, you'll look for the pantry entrance. This is located on the north side of the church (the side that faces Elizabeth St) where there is a ramp.


If you arrive before we open the doors at 6pm, you can join the line. Guests may not hold spots for others in line. If you arrive after doors open at 6pm you can come directly inside the church.   ​

A volunteer will give you a number. We make every effort to give numbers to guests in the order that they arrive, but it is not always possible and we appreciate your understanding. 


When we open, you will come into the church and follow the arrows to the sanctuary. You will wait for your number to be called. Patchwork Pantry is completely run by volunteers and the amount of time you wait can vary depending on how busy it is that evening and how many volunteers are available.


Once your number has been called, you will move to a table to be interviewed. A volunteer will ask you for the following information: 

  • Name of the primary person in the family who picks up food 

  • Address

  • Phone Number

  • Birthdate

  • Income 

  • Name, relationship to the primary person in the family, age, birthdate, and sex of EACH person in the household. 

We enter this information into a computer system. This computer system is shared by local pantries. If you have ever visited another food pantry in the area, you may already be in the system and you can let the interviewer know to look for you.. This will save you a lot of time! 


After a volunteer takes your information, you will wait for a cart volunteer. Then, the cart volunteer will help you select your groceries. Guests receive some food from Patchwork Pantry without choice, but when possible, a volunteer will ask you which food items you prefer. Once you have all your groceries, the cart volunteer will accompany you to your vehicle and help you unload your groceries into your car. If you walked and are waiting for a ride, a volunteer will unload the groceries where you are waiting for your ride at the benches. 

You must make arrangements to transport your groceries because Patchwork Pantry is unable to deliver groceries, regardless of arriving by car or by foot. 

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