The Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry began in a janitor’s closet of Overland Presbyterian Church, which later became New Horizon’s Presbyterian Church, on Everman Ave. As the pantry grew to meet the need of the community, a new home was sought that would house the large pallets of food received twice weekly. The move happened on May 14, 2016 with 70 volunteers from Ritenour School District and the city of Overland helping to move all the shelves, refrigerators, and freezers to the new location at 9516 Rear Lackland Rd, two blocks away. In March 2020, we moved to our current location at 9303 Midland Blvd. The pantry offers food by choice to over 2,500 people (750 families) a month who live within the Ritenour School District.
What it takes to make all of this work:
We need volunteers on a regular basis for these distributions and also for the large food deliveries Monday and Friday from 11-2. Just call the pantry line and leave your name and phone number and we will make sure you get oriented to help. If you visit our "Get Involved" page, you can download our Volunteer Application and Confidentiality Agreement prior to your first day of volunteering.
We need donations of money to help us pay our rent and operation costs. Regular donations are a blessing that helps meet that need. Our pantry offers fresh and frozen food, whereas most pantries do not have refrigerated space for produce and meat like we do. But it comes with a cost to keep products cool or frozen until they are distributed.
We also appreciate donations of items like feminine hygiene items, other personal care items, laundry detergent, soup, canned meats, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter.
Ritenour Co-Care Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization that has been in existence in the Overland area since 1980.
This group of church and community leaders oversee the assistance to residents of the Ritenour School District through the Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry. If you would like to help with food, money or your energy and time, we welcome you. Please call 314-493-6028. If you need food it is the same number. Help us help our community.