Little Food Pantry

Holy Cross Valle Crucis


Who is the Little Food Pantry for?
The LFP is for neighbors helping neighbors.
The LFP is most often for those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs, but the LFP might stock after-school snacks for neighborhood kids or that extra ingredient you never have when you need it. The LFP is user-defined!

How does the Little Food Pantry differ from other food pantries?

  • The LFP is small, so it cannot stock the quantity and variety other food pantries can. For this reason, it should not be relied on for meeting pervasive need.
  • Anyone may access the LFP at any time, anonymously.
  • Food pantries are critical in addressing food insecurity. But some fall through the cracks. The LFP is a safety net.

What should I bring to stock the LFP?

  • Canned vegetables and proteins
  • Personal care items
  • Baby items
  • Paper goods
  • Kid-friendly stuff!

Things NOT to put in the LFP:

  • Sharp items such as razors
  • Chemicals
  • Previously worn clothing
  • Anything expired or out of date
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Anything illegal
  • Keep in mind the weather: If it will be well below freezing, consider what might be ruined by being frozen.

Who’s in charge of the LFP at Holy Cross?

The LFP at Holy Cross is a joint project between Holy Cross and the Valle Crucis Conference Center. If you have questions or concerns about it, or if you want to help out by checking and rotating stock, call Ann Gerber at (828) 297-3466 or Margaret Love at (828) 963-4453.

Take this list with you when you go grocery shopping. And keep in mind that these are only suggestions!

  • Cereals (in smaller boxes to fit in the pantry)
  • Instant oatmeal in single serving packages
  • Breakfast or protein bars


  • Tuna/chicken salad kits
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Jelly (in small jars)
  • Vienna sausages
  • Pizza sauce, shelf stable parmesan
  • SpaghettiOs/Canned ravioli
  • Ramen noodle cups
  • Easy mac
  • Canned soups, especially “Chunky” style


  • Trail mix without M&Ms
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruits: raisins, craisins, etc.
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower, pumpkin seeds
  • Fiber One Bars
  • Whole Grain Fig Newtons
  • Dehydrated veggie chips
  • Applesauce
  • Bottled water or Gatorade
  • Capri sun/juice boxes Pretzels
  • Granola bars
  • Snack crackers: Goldfish, Cheez Its
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Chips and salsa
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit snacks


  • Sunscreen
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bandaids
  • Hand warmers/de-icer
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • First aid ointment
  • Diapers (sizes 3-6 are especially needed) in smaller packages
  • Wipes


  • Bubbles
  • Water toys
  • Sidewalk chalk/paint
  • Jump ropes, Frisbees, or other active toys
  • Crayons/coloring books
  • Playing cards