It's Always Cool at the Bethlehem Food Pantry
By: Susan Naslund
Even though the tar is melting in the streets this summer, the refrigerators and freezers at the Bethlehem Food Pantry have been doing the wintry job of chilling our perishable foods for distribution on Saturday mornings.
You should know these are not ordinary appliances. Thanks to a grant from the Jacob & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, the pantry now boasts a 54” x 78” commercial grade, double door, stainless steel freezer. A second grant allowed us to purchase another one of these beauties, plus a 27” x 75” single-door model, both of which will be delivered within the next few weeks.
Yet another grant from Feeding San Diego brought an 8’ x 10’ walk-in cooler to the Good Shepherd Ministry Center site in February of this year. (You will need to put on a sweater to inspect this chilly grotto!)
All of the glorious equipment is spacious, durable, and energy efficient. Cool guys Ken Fine and Scott Tulloch oversaw the installation which included upgrading the electrical wiring at the GSMC.
Without this huge amount of cooling capacity, the pantry would not be able to rescue meats, eggs, cheese, and produce from our grocery partners and food banks. (It takes a lot of space to store 336 gallons of milk!)
Finally, the Foundation at Foothills UMC has provided funds to build a screen to hide the walk-in cooler from the street in an attractive way.
So, next time you drop off some food for the pantry, be sure to check out our new refrigeration. Stay cool, Foothills!