Orland Pantry

Residents of Orland (including Capay), Artois or Hamilton City may pick up food boxes up to five (5) times in a calendar year at the First Lutheran Church (on A street at Colusa street in Orland) at the following times:

  • Monday between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon.
  • Wednesday between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

The Orland Pantry (Pantry) is a secular, IRS recognized, non-profit public charity which distributes emergency food and Christmas Baskets to those with limited financial resources.  The Pantry is also listed in the Orland Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan as a local food source in the event of a local/national disaster.

The Pantry distributes emergency food twice a week.  Families must show they are residents of Orland (including Capay), Artois or Hamilton City.  Boxes include three meals for two days for each family member (i.e., two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners).   Families are allowed to come in for food five times during  the calendar year.  Information is also handed out listing other sources for emergency food.  During the two-year period from January 2012 through December 2013, the Pantry provided food to make up at least 76,302 meals with  91.7% of these meals going to families with children, seniors or elderly persons.

In addition to the biweekly food distribution, the Christmas Basket program is an annual tradition which began in 2002.  Boxes are prepared for needy families that sign up in advance around the end of November.  Boxes include a turkey or ham, potatoes, oranges and canned and packaged food that can be used to prepare a holiday meal.  For each child aged 12 or under in the family, the Orland Rotary includes an age appropriate toy and the Friends of the Orland Free Library includes an age appropriate book with a personalized book marker.  In December 2013, 455 families (1,735 individuals) received these food baskets.

The Pantry is staffed and run entirely by volunteers.   Donated and purchased food is sorted and stored rent free, in the basement of the First Lutheran Church.   The Pantry’s only facility expense is reimbursement to the church for electricity used to run its two refrigerators and four freezers.

Much of the food the Pantry receives is donated by local citizens through churches and civic organizations.  Many groups collect and donate food several times per year, and there are four major community-wide food drives: the Post Office in May, the Boy Scouts  in November, and the local schools in December.  Any time that inventories are depleted, additional food is purchased by the Pantry using money from grants and private cash donations.

Please click on the Simple Gesture Program tab (above) for information about a special way for any resident of our community to participate.

The Pantry is always in need of the following nonperishable food items: Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Pasta, Dried Beans, Rice, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Canned Meats, Canned Meals, Powdered Milk, and Canned Soup.

Donated food may be dropped off at the Lutheran Church (19 Colusa Street, Orland) on Mondays between 10:00 am to noon, and Wednesdays between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Monetary donations may be mailed to the Orland Pantry, P.O. Box 14, Orland, California 95963.  For questions, please contact Jo Wigdahl at jmw38@yahoo.com