Armored Mini Storage of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced that it is partnering with local church Calvary Chapel East to set up a food pantry. Armored Mini Storage will provide a storage unit to hold the food, and a local hardware store, Hacienda Home Centers, will will build shelves in the unit to hold the donations.
The idea for what Calvary has decided to call the Fishes & Loaves food pantry came from two sources. Calvary Chapel East is the church that Armored’s manager, Brenda Solano, attends. Last fall, seeing that there were many needy families in the Albuquerque area, Calvary Chapel representative Mistie Micklevitz had thought about running a food drive. But the church had gone through several recent setbacks, including moving its school, and did not have storage space for the food that would be collected. She was relieved to receive the call from Solano asking if there was anything she could do to help. Hearing Micklevitz’s idea, Solano thought about Armored’s sister facility, Everest Self Storage, which is located in southern California. Everest had worked with the Blue Star Mothers of America to provide a place to collect food and goods over the holidays for the families of soldiers stationed overseas. For that drive, volunteers collected items and then stored them in Everest’s storage units. It seemed natural to Solano that Armored should follow in Everest’s footsteps — especially since Armored is owned and operated by Everest.
It was Micklevitz’s idea to pull another Calvary representative, Shay Crider, into the drive as well. She knew that Crider regularly worked on outreach efforts, including traveling as a missionary to Honduras and Israel. Reflecting on the decision to get involved in the food drive, Crider commented, “I was conducting these food and clothing drives for other countries, why not help out our local community?” Crider will help with collecting donations as well as distributing them to needy families in the community.
Albuquerque residents who wish to make a donation to the food panty should contact Armored Mini Storage or Calvary Chapel East. The food pantry will accept nonperishable food items, toiletries, plastic bags, and the like.