Located at The Faith Center at 207 East 19th Street, the Bagwell Food Pantry is open four mornings each week (closed on Wednesdays). Through the generous work of many volunteers, visitors are served with about two weeks worth of groceries. This pantry serves an average of 30 to 40 families each day and in 2011 combined with our other pantries to serve more than 24,000 weeks worth of groceries. Each family who comes through the pantry leaves with a basic bag of shelf stable food, which may include canned goods, breakfast items, rice, flour and peanut butter, as well as fresh produce, fresh or frozen meat, bread and sweets. Families with children under 18 also receive additional bags of SNAP food. Our guests who come to us from the Cancer Navigators program or the AIDS Resources Council are given some additional nutritional items such as Boost, Ensure or Gatorade.
Visitors who come to the pantry are served on a referral basis. Our referral network spans throughout Rome and Floyd County, with most of our referrals coming from Good Neighbor Ministry, DFCS and several downtown churches.
The Bagwell Food Pantry is named for Margaret Bagwell, founder of the original Crisis Food Pantry at South Broad United Methodist Church more than 30 years ago.